Ankiet Patel, a CEPT alumnus is a part of the team that has built the country’s first 3D printed house and has won the prestigious German Innovation Award 2021 under the category “Building & Element”. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).
Working with the German based PERI Group, the team created the two-storey building in Beckum, Germany with approx. 160 sqm of living space consists of multi-layered walls that are filled with insulating material or with in-situ concrete.
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Material and construction
According to a Press Release by CEPT, "the concept was first created by Mense-Korte ingenieure+architekten. Printing was carried out with a concrete printer from PERI installed on the construction site. A special printing mortar from Heidelberg Cement was used as the printing material.
The project was assisted by experts from the TU Munich and the engineering office Schießl Gehlen Sodeikat. With this manufacturing process, houses can be built faster, more economically and more sustainably. In addition, the process allows for a very individual design of the living space.”
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A benchmark in the German Housing Industry
The goal of this project was to introduce an automation dedicated for residential projects into the German construction market, setting a benchmark for the first 3D concrete printed single family house. Interestingly, this benchmark will be unique as it will be identified as real-estate property owned by a person. It will be, eventually, the first 3D concrete printed house ready to trade in German real-estate market.
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