An innovative 3D-printed prototype for a habitat
Together with WASP we aim at developing an innovative 3D-printed prototype for a habitat that responds to the increasingly urgent climate revolution and the needs of changes dictated by community needs. We need a paradigm shift in the field of architecture that gets closer to the needs of people, thus finding an answer for the "Earth" within the "earth". A collaboration that becomes the union between empathic architecture and the application of new technologies.
MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP (Italy’s pioneering specialists in 3D printing) have begun the construction of TECLA – a prototype for a 3D printed habitat, near Bologna, Italy. Borne from a vision to provide a home for everyone at a time of exponential population increase and an associated lack of affordable housing, TECLA is a new circular housing model, created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain. Built using Crane WASP – the latest innovation in on-site 3D construction, TECLA represents a step-change in the move towards eco-housing.
Designed by MC A and engineered and built by WASP, TECLA will be the first house to be entirely 3D printed using locally sourced clay – a biodegradable and recyclable ‘km 0 natural’ material which will effectively make the building zero-waste. It will be built to adapt to multiple environments, and it will be suitable for self-production through the use of WASP’s innovative Maker Economy Starter Kit. This approach will limit industrial waste and offer a unique sustainable model that will boost the national and local economy, improving the wellbeing of communities. Furthermore, the scheme will significantly accelerate the construction process as the 3D printer will produce the entire structure at once.
A project by Mario Cucinella Architects & WASP
Mario Cucinella Architects: Architectural design and management
WASP: Engineering and 3D printing construction
In collaborazione con:
SOS - School of Sustainability: Research partner
Mapei: Materials consultancy and supply
Milan Ingegneria: Structural consultancy
Capoferri: Frames engineering and production
RiceHouse: Bio-materials consultancy and supply
Lucifero’s: Lighting design
Ariatta: Energy and internal comfort consultant
Con il patrocinio di:
Comune di Massa Lombarda