The Czech company Buřinka presents Prvok, a housing module that focuses on innovation, flexibility and reducing emissions.
In recent years, 3D printing has had a decisive influence on modern construction technologies, leading to a long list of sustainable, cheap and fast construction projects.
Nowadays, the production of accessories reinforces its relationship with architecture with a new concept dedicated to floating houses (but not only). We are talking about Prvok, a housing module from the Buřinka company and the first 3D printed house in the Czech Republic. Designed in collaboration with sculptor Michal Trpak, the full-scale prototype – 3 rooms with a total area of 43 square meters – should see the light this month.
As with all printed cases, the real innovation is in the production time. In this case, the structure can be built in just 24-48 days and ready for use in just 28 days. The design ensures both robustness and lightness, two characteristics that make the module suitable for future houseboats.
The unit will be manufactured with a special concrete formulated ad hoc and containing polypropylene nanofibers, plasticizers and mixing accelerators. The material isn’t as sustainable as the plant fibers used to print Gaia, the home of RiceHouse, but it offers that indispensable compromise for houseboats.
In fact, the company estimates a durability of a century.
The architecture takes shape thanks to the robotic arm, capable of depositing concrete at a speed of 15 centimeters per second. The computer reads the data and guides the nozzle to the target with millimeter precision.
The module will be installed on a floating pontoon with a wooden floor around it. Thanks to a series of sustainable technologies, Provk will be partially self-sufficient : remote control, recirculation shower, green roof, drinking water collected from rainwater and tanks for recycling gray water, which makes it a small model of sustainability.
The benefits? Compared to conventional passive houses, printed houses can save up to 50% in costs and are built seven times faster. Compared to conventional brick buildings, 3D printing generates up to 20% less emissions.
In addition, the modular approach provides flexibility not only in customization of plans and layout, but also in applications ranging from tourism to commercial use.
As a home for private use, the structure designed by Trpak also offers the possibility of being installed on floating docks, thus increasing the construction surface of the water cities.
More information: www.prvokodburinky.cz