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Branch Technology Announces Winners of Freeform Home Design Challenge

by • April 24, 2016 • No Comments

curveappealLast July, Chattanooga startup Branch Technology launched a competition challenging members to use the company’s patented Cellular Fabrication innovation to create a 3D printed single-family home that “rethinks traditional aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, assembling systems, and structure of the bottom up.” The Freeform Home Design Challenge was a long-running one – it obviously takes extra
than a bit of time to create a house, in fact a single-level one. But, the competition drew to a close at the end of March, and now Branch Technology has finally revealed the results. The three winning creates encompass all things Branch Technology stands for – not just the disruption of traditional assembling techniques, but high-tech, environmentally friendly, nature-inspired creativity.

First place went to WATG Chicago, a 70-year-old create studio with offices located globally. Their create, “Curve Appeal,” is a swooping, low-to-the-ground structure that appears like a few sort of effortless rock formation, in ideal sync with Branch Technology’s “create like nature” motto. The create team consisted of Daniel Caven, Chris Hurst, Miguel Alvarez, and Brent Watanabe. You can take a appear at the 3D representation below:

by dcaven
on Sketchfab

The Visionary Award, mentioned by Branch Technology as “the proposal that is the many forward appearing concept and innovation,” went to “HOME(LESS) + HOUSING” by Yiwei He and Kyle McArdle of the City College of New York. The modular, domelike assembling earns its “visionary” createation with its use of not just Cellular Fabrication Technology but in addition solar power and an new combination of a wet core and a dry core, for water collection and stack ventilation, respectively. As the project’s name suggests, the team createed the structure with the homeless population in mind.

“HOME(LESS) + HOUSING may in addition benefit the homeless population in dense urban settings based (on) the lowered costs, simpler constructions, and reduced time requirements,” the team states in their create proposal. “Aggregation studies show how this modular system can be arranged to fit various sites at various scales, as numerous products can be manufactured at the same time according to the end user requirements at no extra
system cost.”


The People’s Choice Award went to the create with the many votes on the competition site’s online viewing and voting platform. The folks chose “Urban LEAF,” createed by Alexandra-Gabriela Dochia and Bogdan Manoliu of Spiru Haret University in Bucharest, Romania. The create, that utilizes photovoltaic cells and solar batteries to use as little energy as possible, in fact physically appears like a curled-up leaf.

“Nature always gave humanity the shelter needed,” says the create team. “As we become extra
and extra
evolved, we tend to forget all our discoveries of nature and how it behaves. Humanity always bends nature to it’s can, when in fact, we should be in a ideal symbiosis with it. Urban LEAF proposes similarities between nature way of assembling and human way of living. It is cylindrical shape follows the many stable shape that nature can create without interrupting the inhabitant way of perception to the space.”

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The teams behind Urban LEAF and HOME(LESS) + HOUSING can every obtain $1,000, while Curve Appeal’s creators can be awarded $8,000 – in addition to having their create created. As awe-inspiring as the pictures are, I can’t wait to see the assembling in real life. Other entrants – if you’d like to create your create with assist of Branch, the company is offering a 20% discount to anyone who submitted an entry to the competition. You can see extra
on the three winners, along with the rest of the 50 finalists, here. Discuss in the 3D Printed Home Challenge forum over at 3DPB.com.