Department store to sell 3D printed house

Department store Takashimaya will sell a 3D printed house in its New Year Lucky Bag sale held in the first week of January 2023. The ’Sphere 3D Printed House’ is priced at 3.3 million Yen and is just 10 sqm (107 sq.ft) in size.

The printed house is the creation of Serendix Inc. Based in Hyogo Prefecture, this is Japan’s first 3D printer home builder. ‘Sphere’ was designed by Clouds Architecture Office, based in New York. Sales of this tiny house began in late October 2022, with the first six homes already sold out. 

Although on the small side, the idea is that the printed home can be used as a workspace, home theatre, or hobby room. The Sphere is wired for electricity but no plumbing. The home builder is planning to offer larger one-bedroom models with a floor size of 49 sqm (527 sq.ft) to go on sale in 2023, with pricing expected to be around 5 million Yen. 

Building a home typically takes at least six months. A printed house can be done in as little as 24 hours. These are reinforced concrete structures with an estimated lifespan of 70 years, if maintained. The home builder has also run data simulations to show that the structures could withstand an earthquake producing a seismic intensity of up to level 7. 

 Sources:
Takashimaya News Release, October 24, 2022.
Serendix Inc. News Release, October 26, 2022.

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