You can rent the world’s first 3D printed Airbnb mini-house
With 3D printing, a small drop of material can turn into something amazing. Fibonacci House realizes this potential, as the world’s first fully 3D printed concrete mini-house to be listed on Airbnb, now available for rent.
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Located in a growing and very popular Kootenay Lake Village (KLV) project neighborhood at Procter Point in Nelson, BC, the house was printed in 11 days. It includes space for two adults and two children, with a small footprint of just 35 square meters. The house includes a living area, a mezzanine bedroom, a fully functional kitchen and a bathroom.
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As the first 3D printed house in Canada, the Fibonacci house is an example of how far 3D printing has come. Its curved walls make an architectural statement. In fact, the rounded design is the result of a challenge to develop an outline with as few straight lines as possible. But the curvature is more than aesthetic, concrete providing a strong, climate resistant, energy efficient and easy to maintain surface.
The printer used for the project is a product of the leading construction technology company, Twente Additive Manufacturing, which has offices in Canada, Germany and soon in Dubai. Twente Additive Manufacturing Inc. explains, “The design of the house was inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, a well-known pattern that is often referred to as ‘the golden ratio’ which can be found in nature in many variations: in seashells, flower petals, leaf formations, etc.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the project is that all profits from the rentals will go to World Housing, an organization that has built homes for thousands of families in developing countries around the world. The organization is now bringing its work to its own backyard to develop a 3D printed community for single mothers and their children in Canada. The project, named Sakura Place, will be a cluster of five three-bedroom homes that combine to form the petals of a cherry blossom.
World Housing uses the example of the Fibonacci House to identify a possible solution to the labor shortage in the construction industry. This project also addresses the problem of construction waste and the shortage of affordable housing.
In addition to the efficiency and minimal impact of the printed material on the site, the non-concrete surfaces of the house are made of cedar and fir sustainably harvested from KLV’s immediate neighbors, the Harrop Procter Community Forest. .
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Images via Twente Additive Manufacturing Inc.