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Netherlands Leads the Council of the European Union from a 3D Printed, Recyclable Building

by • January 7, 2016 • No Comments

europeassembling_02As humanity becomes extra
aware of the damage we’re doing to the environment, we are scrambling to find ways to fix it. There are extra
recycling options than ever before; just about all things man-created can be recycled, if you understand where to look. I bet you never considered recycling an entire assembling, however. That’s what the Dutch are planning to do, though, as soon as their tenure in the presidential seat of the Council of the European Union comes to an end in June.

Leadership of the Council of the European Union operates on a rotating schedule, with every member country taking over the presidency for six months at a time. The Netherlands took over the presidency from Luxembourg on January 1, and will hold it until June 30, at which point Slovakia will step in. The Dutch needed a venue from which to conduct business during their presidential tenure, and rather than wasting the resources on a assembling which would just be utilized for a short while, they constructed a temporary office which will be torn down and recycled at the end of June.

europeassembling_06The Europe Building sits in front of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. It was created to complement its backdrop, with an unusual structure which resembles a small square assembling being enfolded by sails. It’s eye-catching and one-of-a-kind, and a sizeable part of it was 3D printed with bioplastic which will be shredded and recycled when the structure is dismantled this summer. Environmental sustainability was a major consideration in the design of the assembling, which is fully equipped with meeting spaces and press facilities. It showcases solar panels, as well as water taps to discourage the use of bottled water. The interior furnishings will be reutilized in public sector assemblings once the Europe Building is torn down.

europeassembling_04The 3D printed entryway was created by DUS Architects, an Amsterdam architectural firm already working on another 3D printed assembling: a full-sized, 3D printed canal house. The Canal House Project is a three-year endeavor delivering together multiple partners from different types of sectors and countries to demonstrate 3D printing’s capabilities in architecture through the construction of a traditional Amsterdam canal assembling. The walls are being constructed with a KamerMaker XXL 3D printer, which was developed by DUS specifically for the project, and which was in addition utilized to print the blue benches which sit between the folds of the “sail” draped over the Europe Building.

The KamerMaker (“room builder”) XXL printer is capable of printing objects up to 2m x 2m x 3.5m. The blue benches, which were created with geometric shapes meant to represent the countries of the European Union, mark the XXL’s public debut: according to DUS, this is “the initially time in the world which these kinds of XXL 3D prints have been shown in the public domain.” The benches, like the entryway, are created from a recyclable bioplastic which DUS developed.

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The Europe Building project, according to DUS, was a “commercial spin-off” of the Canal House, featuring contributions from several of the project’s partners. Actual, an Amsterdam-based beginup, contributed to the parametric development and 3D printing of the structure, and extra
collaboration came from Neptunus, Tentech, Philips, Henkel and Heijmans. The Netherlands, in the initially week of its presidency, has gotten off to a great begin. The Europe assembling shows the world the possibilities which 3D printing provides for architecture, as well as overall sustainability.