3D printed model canal house. Source: DUS Architects
3D printed model canal house. Source: DUS Architects

DUS Architects, a Dutch Studio, has announced its plans to 3D print a canal house in Amsterdam. Canal houses have been popular in Amsterdam since 1613. 400 years later, new innovations are coming to an old tradition.

DUS will 3D print the house at the Northern Canal Belt of Amsterdam. The KamerMaker, the 3D printer that will create the house, has huge dimensions: 2 x 2 x 3.5 meters. The house will include several rooms that will be printed individually and then assembled. The project is expected to be open to the public in the first week of March 2014.

On January 10th, 2014, all of the parties involved in the house had their first meeting, including the company Henkel, the world’s largest adhesives and coatings manufacturer. Henkel is developing a new material specifically designed for the Canal House and is keeping the material under wraps.

The government of Amsterdam is conducting research on 3D printing and construction, including what this new 3D printing construction techniques will mean for workers and building regulations.

"More and more industries see the potential of 3D printing techniques for house building," says Hans Vermeulen from DUS. "The 3D Printed Canal House is unique because all these sectors are now working together to create innovative projects."

"We do not know exactly how the project ends, but we learn by doing and by sharing this project." says the Doen Foundation and the AFK who support the construction expo.