Kansas City developer 3Strands launched the company’s first multi-home project, which will lead to several 3D printed homes for sale in Austin, TX. It is the first commercial multi-house project using construction 3D printing in the US. The official launch video, above, premieres at 4 pm CET/10 am EST.
Partnering with Austin-based construction technology company, ICON, the 3Strands mainstream housing development leverages ICON’s proprietary 3D printing construction technology, software and advanced materials to deliver the two to four-bedroom homes located in Austin, TX, one of the fastest-growing cities in America.
“We want to change the way we build, own and how we live in community together,” says Gary O’Dell, Co-founder and CEO. “This project represents a big step forward, pushing the boundaries of new technologies, such as 3D-printed homes.”
The one-of-a-kind homes designed by Logan Architecture for developer, 3Strands, are the latest homebuilding project using ICON’s Vulcan construction system to deliver sustainable, resilient and beautiful housing. The first floor of these highly energy-efficient homes were 3D printed using ICON’s advanced material that is stronger and longer-lasting than traditional building materials. 3D printing technology provides safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand fire, flood, wind and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes and that can be built in a matter of weeks. To date, ICON has delivered two dozen 3D-printed homes across central Texas and in Mexico and this marks the first mainstream housing project for the startup.
“ICON has delivered better homes at a better value across a variety of cost-centers than conventional construction, including materials, time to market, and labor,” continued O’Dell. “The East 17th St Residences represent the future of homebuilding for the mass market and illustrate what is possible with this technology.”
Nestled in the fast-growing East Austin neighborhood, the homes feature large covered front porches, extensive front yards, covered parking, open concept floor plans, bespoke interior design, vaulted master bedrooms, large North-facing windows, high-performance HVAC, secluded office/bedrooms, and minimalist architectural aesthetic.
“We were delighted when 3Strands approached ICON to deliver their first mainstream housing development,” said Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON. “There is an extreme lack of housing that has left us with problems around supply, sustainability, resiliency, affordability and design options. With ICON’s 3D printing technology, we anticipate more high-velocity progress in the years ahead to help bring housing and construction into the modern world and in-line with humanity’s highest hopes.”
Austin-based designer Claire Zinnecker joined the project to design the interiors’ finishes and fixture selection. Her approach for these spaces was a modernized West Texas design with a simplified palette featuring natural woods, similar metal finishes and earthy tile colors.