Artists and designers need people who are open to innovation and can see the future. 3D printing is being used more frequently by fashion designers and artists to make original pieces that are unique, transcending traditional manufacturing methods. Sunday Homes, a 3D printed renovation of El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas is an example of this.
Liz Lambert, a hospitality specialist, will be working with Texas-based ICON (known to their advanced 3D printer construction projects) as well as architecture group BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), in preparation for the project. Lennar is also involved in the home construction project. The partnership will see the hotel relocated to 62 acres. It will also include 3D printing for domes, vaults and homes. In its current state, the hotel is an offbeat venue which sells itself as ‘an exodus from a world of urgency’. Set in the high plains desert, the new design for the relocation is informed by this landscape’s fusion with the sky, with features such as skylights built into the 3D-printed walls. This collection includes homes with two, three and four beds, ranging in size from 1,200 to 2,200 square feet. From 1,200 to 2,200 square feet By the end of this year, ft will be available for reservations.
“Collaboration with El Cosmico & ICON has allowed us the freedom to explore the formalities and materials of cutting-edge 3D printed construction, without the constraints of a traditional client or site.,” said Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG. “El Cosmico is a blend of organic shapes and Euclidian circular geometries. The color palette comes from the local soil..” Jason Ballard, CEO of ICON, added “3D printing is just the beginning of creating truly original and diverse architectures. The greatest joy of 3D printing is ICON is putting our technology into the hands of great creatives and seeing what possibilities emerge”.
This hotel project 3D printed is not just for vacationers. The people behind it want the opportunity to 3D print affordable housing in the community. This method is used by many other companies around the globe, including in the USA, the UK, Kenya, and South Africa. These projects are concrete extrusion 3D printed and are said to yield faster results, with less waste and greater cost savings than traditional building methods.Find out more on ICON’s website HERE.
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*All photos credit: ICON/BIG