Amsterdam’s 3D Printed Cabin

Located in a new pocket park that was formerly an Amsterdam industrial site, this urban retreat by DUS architects is entirely 3D printed with a bioplastic material that can be shredded entirely or reprinted into a new design. The cabin is part of a research project into compact and sustainable dwelling solutions for urban environments.

Playing with the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, the cabin’s dark coloured biobased facade shows the design possibility and functionality of printed building facades, both in terms of ornament and detail, as well as form-optimization and smart solutions for insulation and material consumption.

The floor and stepped porch are combined with a concrete finish to create an interesting pattern that extends outwards as a path into the pocket park. And if you need to unwind, you can relax in an outdoor sculptural 3D printed bathtub surrounded by the site’s poplar trees.

This urban cabin certainly fits within an emerging ‘tiny house’ trend. Typically classified as a house between 8 m2 and 25m2, tiny houses are increasingly being explored as a solution to ever pressing demands for housing alternatives within dense urban areas. 3D printing techniques are particularly well suited for small temporary dwellings such as this as the components are easy to transport and after use can be recycled into something else entirely.

Part of the 3D Print Living Lab by DUS architects, the 3D Printed Urban Cabin can be booked for short term stays through

If you want to see more projects like this, you can also explore the Europe Building and the continent’s first printed bioplastic facade here.