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Netherlands to See World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Home

The advent of 3D-printed concrete promises to benefit the environment and invigorate modern home development


In 2019, the world’s first 3D-printed concrete home will be built in the Netherlands, with four more to follow soon thereafter! The pioneering project follows research in the field of 3D-printed concrete – a field that proves promising for both modern home designers and the environment.

For the new project, titled ‘Project Milestone’, specialists from Eindhoven University of Technology partnered with real estate manager Vesteda (who will let the houses), the municipality of Eindhoven and various industry players. Eindhoven is considered a hotspot for 3D-concrete printing, with Eindhoven University of Technology team having already built the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge for cyclists in the Dutch town of Gemert.

The first home scheduled to be built for the upcoming project will have one storey. As the project proceeds, research in 3D-printed concrete will inform the development as the subsequent homes (which will have multiple storeys) will be built consecutively. In the final result, these irregularly shaped homes will be based on erratic blocks in a green landscape.

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The 3D printed concrete housing project in Eindhoven. Image: Houben and Van Mierlo architecten

According to Eindhoven University of Technology, among the benefits of 3D-printing technology is the potential to produce shapes such as those in Project Milestone. “Besides the ability to construct almost any shape, it also enables architects to design very fine concrete structures.” The homes themselves are designed to meet all residential demands in terms of comfort, layout, quality and pricing.

“Another new possibility is to print all kinds, qualities and colours of concrete, all in a single product. This enables integration of all sorts of functions in one and the same building element.”

The efficiency of 3D-printing in the development of homes is seen not just in their cost and construction, however; these new homes are also more sustainable. In addition to having no natural gas connection (rare for the Netherlands), these homes require less concrete, and thus lower the CO2 emissions that result from cement production.

The first house in Project Milestone is expected to be complete and ready for occupation in the first half of 2019. Read more about the development here: 

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