Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Cabins


Tessa Blokland  


There are some typical Dutch traditions: King’s Day celebrating our King’s birthday in which everybody wears orange clothes, as well as our typical wind miles, cheese, tulips, bikes, etc. But I do not think a lot of people outside the Netherlands know about our holiday bonus, one of the reasons why in May I already start thinking about where I will spend my summer holiday. Every year at the end of May, every employee in the Netherlands receives 8% of her/his gross year salary to cover extra holiday expenses. With COVID-19 I think it will be impossible to go abroad, but even in your own country, there might be creative possibilities to go and even enjoy isolation somewhere else than your own house or surroundings. Here are some nice examples of small 3D printed cabins where you can spend your free time in the countryside.

The Urban Cabin from DUS Architects is actually the only option for me to go to. This tiny house was situated in a former industrial area in Amsterdam. The cabin is entirely 3D printed with bio-plastic and can be fully recycled and reprinted in the following years.

AI SpaceFactory, the winner of the NASA Mars habitat prototype MARSHA, developed TERA. TERA is a 3D printed high-tech, luxe, green eco-home, just 1.5 hours by train from NYC.

Another project in the USA is from Emerging Objects. This 3D printed Cabin of Curiosity is clad with 3D printed ceramic tiles, demonstrating the potential of 3D printing for making highly designed building components from unusual materials.

The third and last cabin is also in the USA. Located in Ithaca you will find this 3D printed cabin, Ashen, from experimental design and research studio HANNAH. The ash wood cabin is built on a 3D printed concrete structure, in order to show and explore the possibilities when using waste. Interior elements such as the sink and the fireplace are also 3D printed (see top image). Can you also please built one in the Netherlands?

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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