3D-printed living space under construction in Italy

A prototype for a 3-D printed living space is being constructed near Bologna in Italy.

Mario Cucinella Architects have been working alongside 3D-printing experts WASP to create TECLA in response to issues such as homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.

TECLA will be created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain and is being described as ‘a step-change’ in the move towards eco-housing.

Printing commenced last month and is expected to be completed by the beginning of next year.

The design was supported by research conducted by an institution founded by Mario Cucinella – the School of Sustainability (SOS.)

SOS’ research alongside work conducted by students from London’s Architectural Association, look at the causes and effects of homelessness.

The space is built to adapt to multiple environments and will limit industrial waste.