How’s this for organic living: a concept from a London design studio imagines a 3-D printed house that grows like human bone.

ProtoHouse, presented by the studio Softkill at last month’s 3D Printshow in London, is a lightweight, fibrous nest generated from an algorithm that mimics skeletal growth, depositing extra material to the points of greatest stress in the home. The result is an intricate web that resembles a cross between uncooked vermicelli and the bone gun from eXistenZ.

The exoskeleton house, designed to project out from a hillside, has no exterior facade; the cladding, waterproofing and insulation are folded into the plastic structure. Each living space would be enclosed in flexible waterproofing, also 3-D printed.

The 1:33 model Softkill produced for ProtoHouse is divided into 30 pieces that would be transported separately via truck to the site. All the sections lock together into one cantilevered structure, requiring no additional adhesives during assembly. The designers wrote, “The Softkill house moves away from heavy, compression-based 3d printing of on-site buildings, instead proposing lightweight, high-resolution, optimised structures which, at life scale, are manageable truck-sized pieces that can be printed off site and later assembled on site.”

Pictures below, courtesy of Softkill via Fast Company:




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