by Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 12 February 2013

If this is the future of architecture, the future should be here in, oh, about 18 months. That’s how long the world’s first 3D printed building — Janjaap Ruijssenaars’ Landscape House where floors climb, flip and loop to become ceilings in a mobius strip — is estimated to be completed. The gigantic D-Shape printer will be used to print the building’s hollow shells with a marble-like material, while concrete and fiberglass will be used to reinforce the structure. The cost? US$5-$6 million. The future isn’t cheap.