- Architecture & development
The future is not complete without 3D printers. They are no longer an unknown concept, and even houses can now be created in this way. The Italian company WASP knows all about it. That is why we would like to present two of their innovative projects that saw the light of day thanks to 3D technology: the TECLA house and a Dior concept store in Dubai.
WASP is an Italian pioneer in the field of 3D technology and was founded by Massimo Moretti in 2012. By investing in innovative techniques, they aim to offer people more possibilities concerning housing. With this goal in mind, the Crane Wasp system was designed in 2021: the first modular 3D printer was especially developed to build extensive architectural constructions.
WASP and TECLA Recently, WASP collaborated with Mario Cucinella Architects to create a new circular housing model. This resulted in TECLA, a contraction of ‘technology’ and ‘clay’. The project was developed with Crane Wasp and took place in Massa Lombarda, Italy. TECLA is more than an exhibition of groundbreaking techniques and design. Next to this, it is convincing evidence that the future can accommodate to different housing needs and -contexts. By exclusively employing reusable and recyclable materials that were at hand on the local terrain, WASP and Mario Cucinella Architects take an immense step towards eco-living. In the case of TECLA, they worked with raw soil. This natural material forms an interesting contrast with the technological character of the house. Because of this, the final result looks earthy and futuristic at the same time. The spherical contours of the construction likewise have a logical cause; namely, these are the result of designing the building in the context of the climate. The atypical shape of the home ends at two places in a skylight that generously allows the natural light to enter.
The future can accommodate to different housing needs and -contexts.
Images: © Iago Corazza
Dior in 3D WASP has already done some impressive projects far outside the national borders, in Dubai for example. On the beach of Jumeirah, you find a unique concept store of Dior. More specifically, it concerns two circular installations that were also realised with the 3D printing system of WASP. The team only worked with natural materials here as well: clay, sand, and raw fibres. The architectural play intertwines effortlessly with the luxury range that consists of both iconic pieces and new designs.
Furthermore, you can visit the Dior Concept store for an extensive offer of Dior’s summer essentials, ranging from parasols to cushions. An interesting detail that catches your eye immediately are the patterns on the interior and exterior walls. Not only does the final result look beautiful and sophisticated, but at the same time it proves that 3D printing does not have to compromise in the field of aesthetics. The light colour palette allows the precise finishing to flourish to its greatest potential and ensures that the construction feels extra light and open. © Mohamed Somji
WASP is an obvious pioneer in the world of 3D printing. They reach new heights with their Crane Wasp system and translate their ideas into a tangible reality. Extensive architectural constructions that originate because of 3D printers no longer lie in a far stretched future; instead, they are within reach and ready to become our home.
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