The 3D Printed Cabin brings many of Emerging Objects software and hardware experiments together to demonstrate the architectural potential of additive manufacturing on a building. Due to a housing emergency in the Bay Area, the Oakland City Council eased restrictions on the construction of secondary housing units, or backyard cottages. This has opened the door for Emerging Objects to use the relaxed codes to experiment towards addressing housing problems at a micro scale.
In this project, the front facade of the cabin has been comprised of a number of Planter Tile shapes to create a living wall of naturally thriving in the California climate. However, the roof and contiguous facades to the gable are clad in a 3D printed ceramic rain screen of seed stitch tiles. The interior, in turn, is clad with the Chroma Curl Wall, which illuminates both interior and exterior, converting the cabin into a beacon of light.
In 3D Printed Cabin, G-code is used to control each line of clay as it is 3D printed to create a texture that looks like seeds scattered across the surface. So, while all ceramic tiles are printed from the same file, each tile is intentionally unique as a product of fabrication.