This net-zero house is full of possibilities for the future

People grow and change over time. That’s just human nature. Now, there’s a house that will also grow and adapt over time. After all, people evolve. Shouldn’t their homes do the same?

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House Zero is a field trial for a proprietary concrete wall printing system. It was collaboratively designed by Icon and Lake|Flato Architects. The plan allows the house to evolve and change even as it fits into the natural Texas landscape. The home has flexibility, which is a truly modern idea.

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The House Zero has three column-like grey structures that holds up a wooden awning connecting to the main building

Robotics engineers, software developers and material scientists worked together to design this printed concrete construction technique. As a result, the home uses net-zero energy. The concrete walls are framed with wood. It’s a simple and beautiful design that’s also ingenious. Additionally, the home is designed to be built with robotic construction. It’s made with 3D printing techniques. It has a flat roof, exposed wooden beams and lots of glass to create big windows with gorgeous views.

A living room area with a red couch, a white chair and a small wooden coffee table

Furthermore, the house has an insulated envelope to prevent energy loss. There are deep overhangs to shield the interiors from sunlight and rain. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home blends beautifully into the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the concrete walls are reinforced with steel. More of the walls can be added fairly easily and inexpensively using the same technology.

A grey wall that divides two walkways

The printer is operated with a mobile app and only a handful of people are needed to operate it. The process is quicker and produces less waste than traditional construction methods.

A ribbed walling that leads into a bathroom with a black ceiling fan

The capabilities of 3D printing are expanding, and a home like this shows what’s possible.

+ Icon and Lake|Flato Architects

Images via Casey Dunn

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