We've seen some neat plans for 3-D printed architecture. But completed buildings? Those are a little more rare.
Which makes this new project, conceived and built by architecture studio Smith|Allen, all the more intriguing. Echoviren is a 3-D printed pre-fab house--or, since it's only 10 feet tall, maybe more of a shack or tent. The architects used seven Series 1 3D Printers to print out 585 plastic pieces, then hauled them to the Redwood Forest and clasped them together to create this structure. The printing process took the seven machines two months, then the architects built the structure in four days.
No, it's not meant for people--the architects see it as an artificial habitat for wildlife. Birds, for instance, could use it as a place to nest. And, after a few decades, the plastic will decompose. Check out the building process below:
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While I find the animal habitat strange to see, perhaps scientifically it would prove to
be beneficial, similar to artificial underwater reefs.
Kudos for be inventive towards wildlife!
I'm sorry, but I completely fail to see the point of something like this - 2 months to print & 4 days to build? And it's supposed to do what - be a habitat for birds or...? I mean for that kind of build time (machine & human), wouldn't it just be far more effective to, oh I don't know, PLANT A TREE?? I mean, maybe the architects have some well thought out purpose for it and why it's superior to some other structure, but this article is an epic fail in informing the readership of it's reason for being...
Ok, so having gone onto the website, I can perhaps better inform future readers - it is not intended to be a building, so it has little to do architecture other than it's an artificial structure. This thing is an art project, from the website:
"Spanning 10 x 10 x 8 feet, Echoviren is a translucent white enclosure, stark and artificial against the natural palette of reds and greens of the forest. Walking around and within the structure, the viewer is immediately consumed by the juxtaposition, as well as uncanny similarity, of natural and unnatural: the large oculus, open floor, and porous surface framing the surrounding coastal landscape."
Goes on to say:
"A graft within the space of the forest, Echoviren is a space for contemplation of the landscape, of the natural, and our relationship with these constructs. It focuses on the essence of the forest not as a natural system, but as a palimpsest. The hybridized experience within the piece highlights the accumulated iterations of a site, hidden within contemporary landscapes.
Echoviren exposes an ecosystem of dynamic natural and unnatural interventions: the interplay of man and nature moderated by technology over the centuries."
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I agree, that thing is completely useless
This type of artwork might not be what personally inspires me, but that's the way it is with art.
That said, I've got to admit I'm impressed by the real story here - the printers. (You're right to think that printing livable structures with something that has 1/10th of a mm resolution isn't yet practical. Carving people out of marble isn't quite practical either though.)
As anybody who's owned a desktop 3D printer can attest, there's no way you could expect most to keep running for 1/10th the amount of time this thing took (this, coming from a RepRap fanboy). Heck, go to a Microsoft store where they sell MakerBots, and you'll notice that even there, theirs are "offline for calibration" at least 1/3 of the time. Kudos to gang at Type A Machines for making what seems to be a reliable beast. That's the only way this installation was possible.
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While my first comment was attempt to be positive towards this article, I also cannot help but wonder how it would be thought of if I dump a large piece of plastic in woods and those who observe me do it would call it pollution via plastic.