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TECLA  A 3D printed global habitat for sustainable living
27/01/2021

TECLA A 3D printed global habitat for sustainable living

MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP (Italy’s pioneering specialists in 3D printing) have begun the construction of TECLA – a prototype for a 3D printed habitat, near Bologna, Italy. Borne from a vision to provide a home for everyone at a time of exponential population increase and an associated lack of affordable housing, TECLA is a new circular housing model, created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain. Built using Crane WASP – the latest innovation in on-site 3D construction, TECLA represents a step-change in the move towards eco-housing.

Designed by MC A and engineered and built by WASP, TECLA will be the first house to be entirely 3D printed using locally sourced clay – a biodegradable and recyclable ‘km 0 natural’ material which will effectively make the building zero-waste. It will be built to adapt to multiple environments, and it will be suitable for self-production through the use of WASP’s innovative Maker Economy Starter Kit. This approach will limit industrial waste and offer a unique sustainable model that will boost the national and local economy, improving the wellbeing of communities. Furthermore, the scheme will significantly accelerate the construction process as the 3D printer will produce the entire structure at once. TECLA was developed using in-depth research undertaken by the SOS - School of Sustainability – a professional school founded by Mario Cucinella that combines education, research and practice. The research, conducted with the support of MA students from the Sustainable Environmental Design programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, explored the cause and effects of homelessness. 

A project by Mario Cucinella Architects e WASP
Mario Cucinella Architects: Architectural design and management WASP: Engineering and 3D printing construction

In collaboration with:
SOS - School of Sustainability: Research partner
Mapei: Materials consultancy and supply
Milan Ingegneria: Structural consultancy
Capoferri: Frames engineering and production
RiceHouse: Bio-materials consultancy and supply Frassinago: Landscaping
Lucifero's: Lighting 
Ariatta: Energy and internal comfort consultant


Under the patronage of:
Municipality of Massa Lombarda


Sponsored by:
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