Printable Concrete, a groundbreaking company renowned for its creative uses of 3D printing technology, has unveiled three unique floating house concepts, all rendered in solid, durable concrete. Each design blends functionality, comfort, and aesthetics, offering an unmatched living experience for those who crave an intimate connection with the water and the surrounding coral reefs.
3D Printed Floating Studio: The Nautica Petite
The Nautica Petite is Printable Concrete’s smallest floating house with 320 square feet or 30 square meters of inner surface, an enchanting abode perfect for two people. It’s a compact, yet beautifully designed fishing house with a length on the waterline of 20 feet or 6 meters, that provides the essentials for a relaxing retreat. The house features a functional kitchen, a comfortable sleeping area, and a deck that invites occupants to soak up the sun or throw in a fishing line. Despite its compact size, the Nautica Petite does not compromise on quality or comfort, making it the perfect floating getaway for weekend fishing trips or simple relaxation on the water.
3D Printed Floating Home: The Marina Elegante
Taking a step up in size and luxury, the Marina Elegante is a tastefully designed floating house with a length on the waterline of 30 feet or 9 meters, that combines functionality with sophistication. It offers a living area of 430 square feet or 40 square meters that accommodates a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable saloon, and a marine head. The focal point is the owner’s cabin featuring a walk-around queen size bed, ensuring utmost comfort for its residents. Its cleverly designed spaces and modern amenities make the Marina Elegante an ideal choice for those seeking the tranquillity of life on water without compromising on comfort or luxury.
3D Printed Floating House: The Aqua Palatial
The Aqua Palatial is the largest of Printable Concrete’s floating houses. This model maintains the luxurious features of the Marina Elegante but expands the living space to include two spacious bedrooms, with a total of 650 square feet or 60 square meters. It combines state-of-the-art design with functionality, providing ample space for residents to enjoy life on the water. With a length on the waterline of 40 feet or 12 meters, the Aqua Palatial is a true testament to what Printable Concrete can achieve with its 3D printing technology – a floating residence that marries the comforts of a land-based home with the unique joys of living on water.
For all three models, an optional glass floor can be added to the saloon, providing a breathtaking view of the pristine waters below, creating a unique and captivating living experience.
Self-Reliance and Zero Emissions: A Harmonious Coexistence
One of the most salient features of these 3D printed floating homes by Printable Concrete is their complete self-reliance and zero-emission operation. Contrary to popular belief, comfort and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. These homes are a testament to that, offering a luxurious living experience while having a minimal environmental footprint.
The homes come equipped with solar roofs that harness the sun’s energy with remarkable efficiency. This not only eliminates the need for external power sources but also ensures that the homes are entirely self-sufficient.1
Water Management: A Closed Loop
Water in these homes is not just used but reused. Advanced filtration and treatment systems ensure that water is recirculated wherever possible, reducing waste and promoting sustainability.2
Inert Building Materials: The Concrete Advantage
The use of concrete as the primary building material offers another layer of environmental protection. Concrete is inert, meaning it does not react with the surrounding environment, thereby reducing any potential for harm.3
End-of-Life Considerations: A Second Life
When these homes reach the end of their life cycle, they don’t just become waste. The structures can be stripped of any potentially harmful components like lithium batteries and then ground up to be reused in new 3D printed homes. Alternatively, they can be sunken to serve as artificial reefs, providing shelter to fish species that have lost their habitats due to climate change.4
- “Solar Energy Efficiency in Homes” Journal of Renewable Energy, 2021. Read more
- “Water Recycling Technologies in Residential Areas” Water Management Review, 2020. Read more
- “Environmental Impact of Concrete” Concrete Sustainability Journal, 2019. Read more
- “Artificial Reefs and Climate Change” Marine Biology Reports, 2022. Read more