Oakland studio Emerging Objects has designed a 3D-printed tiny home covered in succulents to alleviate the Bay Area’s housing crisis.
The Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities capitalises on relaxed planning codes which allow for the construction of secondary housing units in the region. The frame of the 120 sq ft micro-dwelling is clad in 4,500 tiles that are 3D-printed using sustainable materials including Portland cement, sawdust, chardonnay pomace and up-cycled ceramics.
Says Emerging Objects: ‘The Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities demonstrates that 3D printing can be beautiful, meaningful, and well crafted – not crude, fast and cheap.’
‘Seed stitch’ tiles – named for their knitted and overlapping appearance – act as a rain screen for the modular structure’s gabled roof and side walls, while planter tiles are sewn with succulents and vegetation native to northern California, creating a living skin.
Interiors have been wrapped in a translucent chroma curl wall made from a corn-based bioplastic. This internal membrane is embedded with LEDs that can cast the interiors aglow.