Recently, a Czech sculptor collaborated with an architectural firm to develop a new construction. Indeed, it is the very first 3D printed floating house. However, it can be printed in just 48 hours! The prototype developed could give rise to other similar achievements if ordered.

Michal Trpák is a recognized sculptor from the Czech Republic. As Designboom explains in an article on May 27, 2020, he joined forces with the Czech architectural firm Sculpt in a unique project. Together, they developed the first floating 3D printed house.

The project leaders speak of a construction time – or rather of printing – of only 48 hours. According to them, this first floating house printed in 3D is inspired by the morphology of protozoa, single-celled organisms. Furthermore, you should know that the house will have a bedroom, a kitchen, and a bathroom for a total area of 43m².

The prototype in question here is not yet on the water. After its completion, which is expected to take place in the summer of 2020, it should be installed on a pontoon and then towed to the Vltava river in Prague. As a result, construction is currently being printed.

According to the sculptor, to build a house on land, it is necessary to obtain a building permit, an application which can sometimes take up to two years before being accepted. However, in the case of an installation on the river, the procedures are much simpler and concern only the organization responsible for navigation.

This floating house should logically serve as a showcase for any future orders. However, Michal Trpák believes that it is still very expensive. In fact, the applicant refers to a second generation of houses, the price of which will be just over 110,000 euros. There is also talk of a third generation whose price will represent half that amount.

Finally, Michal Trpak explains that this floating house project is inspired by floating building projects in the Netherlands. Let us quote for example the project of a floating dairy farm which found its place in the port of the city of Rotterdam in 2018. This construction was thought to accommodate 40 cows of the Montbéliarde, whose daily milk production is about 800 liters.

Angie Mahecha

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