Austin-based construction company, ICON, along with Kansas City developer, 3Strands have been working on the evolution of homebuilding, revolutionizing the field of architecture as a whole. Making use of ICON’S higher-end 3D printing technology, the company is set to sell four 3D-Printed homes (two are already sold) in Austin, Texas, for the price of $450K per house, ready for move-in this summer.
The design of these houses was created by the Austin-based Logan Architecture firm alongside 3Strands and ICON. In a statement, Gary O’Dell, co-founder and CEO of 3Strands shared:
“We want to change the way we build, own and how we live in community together. ICON has delivered better homes at a better value across a variety of cost-centers than conventional construction, including materials, time to market, and labor. The East 17th St Residences represent the future of homebuilding for the mass market and illustrate what is possible with this technology.”
The statement further explained:
“The one-of-a-kind homes designed by Logan Architecture for developer, 3Strands, are the latest homebuilding project using ICON’s Vulcan construction system to deliver sustainable, resilient and beautiful housing. The first floor of these highly energy efficient homes were 3D printed using ICON’s advanced material that is stronger and longer-lasting than traditional building materials. 3D printing technology provides safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand fire, flood, wind and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes and that can be built in a matter of weeks. To date, ICON has delivered two dozen 3D-printed homes across central Texas and in Mexico and this marks the first mainstream housing project for the startup.”
Amazingly, the time it took to print these houses was five to seven days, an incredible record for any home built in the past. ICON had previously printed more than twenty housing structures across Mexico and the U.S. Within the Texas community, the company has 3D-printed seven houses for homeless people. This is by far one of the best outcomes of 3D-printing technology. In a way, we can see the start of a new sustainable way for building houses that could one day lead to creating housing equality for everyone on the planet.
Would you live in a 3D-printed house? Would you spend this much on one? You can inquire for more information at east17thstreetresidences.com.
Photo via ICON