The Cabin of Curiosities sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but it’s real – even if its appearance is reminiscent of fairy tales, too. The small 3D printed cabin is the latest project of Emerging Objects, which has been known to 3D print some curiosities in the past. Emerging Objects is based in the San Francisco Bay area, where a housing crisis has led to a need for creative solutions. It has also led to the easing of restrictions around the construction of secondary housing units, or backyard cottages. The new rules allow homeowners to transform existing backyard buildings, like sheds and garages, into rental units.
Emerging Objects took advantage of that easing of the law to construct the cabin, which, while it doesn’t have a 3D printed frame, is covered in more than 4,500 3D printed ceramic tiles. It is structurally sound, weathertight and completely livable, in addition to being beautiful to look at. It’s also an excellent example of upcycling. Emerging Objects is fond of turning odd things into 3D printing material, and the Cabin of Curiosities is no exception – the tiles of its front facade are 3D printed from a mix of Portland cement, sawdust, salt, and even grape skins.
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