I stayed in Icon’s new 3D-printed luxury home in Austin, TX

The walls of the main residence and its secondary accommodation were printed at the same time in eight days despite the weather and material problems.


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The team then spent another five months finishing the rest of the house, such as installing windows, wiring and plumbing.

A 3D printed wall under a wooden roof.


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And when it was finished, Icon invited me to spend a night in the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath new construction…

A 3D printed corrugated wall in front of a bed.


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…and the unique building technology, curved concrete walls, and high end finishes have made House Zero one of the most unique homes I’ve stayed in.

A mirror leaning against a 3D printed wall reflecting a bed next to the mirror.


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Spending a night at House Zero made me realize that 3D printing houses can be a strategic and functional construction method while producing beautiful and comfortable homes.

The driveway leading to House Zero.


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Many 3D printing enthusiasts see the technology as a way to alleviate our housing shortage and affordability crisis.

Green plants against a 3D printed wall.


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Like House Zero, a house that might take about a year to build “traditionally” can be printed and completed in just a few months…

The parking lot of the house printed in 3D.


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…enabling homebuilders to build cheaper, faster, and more durable homes using fewer materials and less physical labor.

A lounge chair next to a light in the living room.


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The technology might be heralded as a way to build more affordable homes faster, but House Zero is far from an example of an economical home.

A cactus against a 3D printed wall.


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It was intended to loosen the range and practicality of Icon’s printing technology, Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of Icon, told Insider in an interview.

A dining table surrounded by 3D printed curved walls.


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And like all stereotypical model homes, House Zero is packed with high-end furnishings and finishes that can appeal to even the most discerning visitor.

A luminaire in front of a 3D printed wall.


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The rounded walls caught my eye as I first drove past the home in Austin, TX…

The exterior of Icon's 3D printed Zero House on a cloudy day.


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A building with this heavily exposed concrete is often associated with brutalist architecture, but nothing about House Zero screamed “brutalism” to me.

The exterior of Icon's 3D printed Zero House on a cloudy day.


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The layered lavacrete – Icon’s internal “high strength” concrete – combined with the curved wall design gave House Zero an organic, flowing look.

A mirror leaning against a 3D printed wall reflecting a bed.


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Until this build, I had never seen a layered sloping wall before. And now I want something similar in my future home.

A hallway with a bathroom on the left and a bedroom at the end of the hallway.


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And it’s not just for aesthetic reasons. The form reinforces the structure of the house while serving as a natural separation from the open space.

The bed behind a 3D printed wall.


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“We’re not just going to invent robots, we’re also going to invent architecture,” Ballard said. “And it’s not clear that robotics companies have architecture invention business.”

A desk in front of a 3D printed wall surrounded by windows.


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Curvature aside, the striking layered walls – which were reinforced with steel and insulation – were unlike anything I had seen in a home before.

A bed in front of a 3D printed wall


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There was no need for art on the walls – the gray layers naturally became the focal point of the rooms in the house…

A console table with a plant in front of a 3D printed wall.


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…while wooden walls and accents kept the space from appearing too cold and drab.

3D printed walls between wooden walls.


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The first room next to the entrance is the open concept kitchen, living room and dining room.

The living room inside the 3D printed house with lounge chairs, rug, plants and lights.


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