Dec 5, 2014

Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter proposes a project that aims to increase the supply of housing for young people: SwimCity. With the help of 3D printing and recycled concrete, the company plans to create floating housing for students and young adults in a variety of shapes which would be unique and adapt to the landscape.

The project is supported by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning. The building will be located on the surface of water. Establishing structures on a widely unused space, such as vacant ports, quays and docks, would help to meet housing needs. "Besides that water is an unused building ground, it is also a potential energy source that can be used for energy in various ways, such as wave power and water–water heat pumps." notes the company.

In addition, waste from the building industry accounts for a large part of the total carbon footprint. Re-using construction waste as 3D printing material could reduce the environmental impact of their facilities. 3D printing also helps increasing speed in production and offers more design possibilities.

"The technological development in 3D-printed concrete has come very far. With SwimCity we show how the new technology makes it possible for us to create unique buildings which today's prefab industry is not capable of," said Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO and founder of Belatchew Arkitekter AB.

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AMnerd wrote at 12/5/2014 2:05:16 PM:

If you know how bad the housing situation is for students in Sweden you will understand how ridiculous of an idea this is.



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