WATG — Curve Appeal: 3D Printed House — Chicago, USA
In 2016, the WATG Urban design team were awarded first prize in The Freeform Home Design Challenge; a competition commissioned by Branch Technology to design the world’s first freeform 3D printed house, which explores how 3D printing technology can improve our built environment and lives today. Over the last year, WATG’s Chicago office has been developing their design — Curve Appeal — with Branch Technology, and are thrilled to confirm that the wall section testing, research and development phase of this revolutionary project is currently underway, working towards breaking ground later this year.
The design for Curve Appeal draws inspiration from the Case Study House program developed between 1945-1966. The program oversaw the design of 36 highly-experimental prototype residences that could be constructed easily and efficiently, re-inventing the modern home. The architects leading the program were famed for constantly pushing the limits in terms of minimalist materials, and striving to create open-plan spaces that focused on enhancing natural light. Employing many of the same modernist design principles, Curve Appeal is the next evolutionary step, blurring the line between inside and out.