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TECLA: Building the Future of Homes with Clay


Model unit of TECLA - the eco-sustainable house in Massa Lombarda, Photo by Iago Corazza


Imagine homes rising from the ground, not from traditional construction, but through a precise layering of sustainable materials. This isn't a futuristic idea anymore; it's the bright new reality of 3D printed homes.


Meet TECLA, the world's first 3D-printed eco-sustainable house made entirely from local raw earth materials. This architectural marvel is a glimpse into a future, where sustainable and affordable housing can be printed on demand, anywhere in the world.





This innovative project is the brainchild of WASP, a company specializing in 3D printing technology, and Mario Cucinella Architects, a firm renowned for its eco-conscious designs. TECLA embodies the spirit of evolution, blending ancient craft of clay with 21st-century technology.


The magic behind TECLA lies in WASP's "Crane WASP" technology. Imagine two robotic arms dancing in unison, each laying down layer upon layer of earth with pinpoint precision. This collaborative printing process allows for rapid construction, with TECLA's 60 square meters taking just 200 hours to print.





But why clay? Clay is abundant, locally available, and naturally recyclable. 3D printing minimizes waste and eliminates the need for carbon-intensive materials like concrete. And TECLA isn't just beautiful; it's designed to adapt to various climates and environments. Its organic, beehive-like shape ensures structural stability and optimal airflow, making it a truly low-carbon living space.





Architects carefully considered every detail, from the optimized clay mixture to the locally-sourced, recyclable furnishings. The result is a circular housing model that minimizes environmental impact throughout its lifecycle.




The sustainable impacts only begin there- as 3D printed homes also excel in energy efficiency. By creating intricate, hollowed-out designs, these structures can be optimized for insulation, requiring less energy for heating and cooling. Imagine a future where entire communities are built with this technology, significantly reducing their collective energy consumption!




The implications are vast. Picture communities ravaged by disaster having their homes rebuilt quickly and sustainably. Developing nations able to provide affordable, eco-friendly housing for their citizens. 3D homes pave the way for a future where technology empowers us to live in harmony with our planet.





TECLA symbolizes the power of collaboration, the potential of technology to solve problems, and our ability to live sustainably. As Mario Cucinella himself says, "TECLA is the finger that points to the Moon. The Moon is the home, as a birthright, for everybody on the planet. From TECLA on, that's getting possible."


So, next time you dream of your future home, consider one built from the earth itself, printed by robots under the Italian sun. TECLA might just be the blueprint for a sustainable future, one layer at a time.





A rendering of what a TECLA community could look like by Mario Cucinella Architects


All photos courtesy of 3DWASP

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