3D Printed Houses Tour: A look at ICON’s Housing Development

ICON continues to make great strides in the construction industry. Only during this month of August, the company 3D printed Martian Habitat For NASA, barracks for the Texas Military Department, secured $200 Million in Series B Funding and is now closing the month with a guided tour of the recently created 3D printed homes at Austin.

And unlike the first 3D printed home the company built for underserved communities, these new homes are going to respond to the housing crisis in the “fast-growing East Austin neighbourhood”. At the heart of this work, we found 3Strands, the Kansas City developer who announced in March 2021 a multi-home project which consisted in building 3D printed homes for sale.

With Logan Architecture and ICON as architecture and construction partners, some of the 3D printed houses have already been sold while others are waiting for their new tenants. Logan Architecture designed the first floor of the homes which were 3D printed using ICON’s Vulcan construction system. As a reminder, since they are 3D printed, the homes could withstand fire, flood, wind and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes.

All four homes feature large covered front porches, covered parking, open concept floor plans, bespoke interior design, vaulted master bedrooms, large North-facing windows, secluded office/bedrooms, and minimalist architectural aesthetic.

Austin-based designer Claire Zinnecker joined the project to design the interior finishes and fixture selection. Her approach for these spaces was a modernized West Texas design with a simplified palette featuring natural woods, metal finishes and earthy tile colours.

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