3D Printed House Rain Catcher Mists a Durable, Self-Supporting Design



3D printed house makes the most of UK natural resources and climatic conditions

seen as a vision for a detached person lodge and built from a 3d printed shell, the rain catcher from the tactus design studio in the UK, takes into account how the size and configuration of houses must meet different uses and requirements. constructed from raw earth and mixed compounds, the purpose of the design is threefold. by using the combination of materials from the site and preformed components off site, the carbon footprint is certainly reduced; secondly, by avoiding waste for renovation, flexible and easy internal modification of the layout is guaranteed; finally, by making the best use of natural resources and climatic conditions, we achieve self-sufficiency.

front / rear elevation of the “rainy” catcher

on a square shaped footprint, rain catcher by tactus design workshop is internally divided into seven potential bedrooms. the two fixed cores of the structure divide the spaces into kitchen, bathroom and services, while the rest of the areas can be further affected and modified to become larger if necessary. as the internal circulation is maintained by the cores and the side corridors, it is possible to create units of work or even cohabitation from the basic diagram. thanks to the generous full height windows, the possibility of providing independent cabins for the study is enhanced.

Regarding the off-grid structure, heating, water supply and electricity all need to be self-sufficient. for this reason, the roof is designed to allow the collection of rainwater for internal use once filtered. assuming average precipitation in parts of the UK, the collected water could meet 95 l / p / day for 6 occupants. in terms of heating, the installation of heat pumps can be placed either below or next to the house. it should be noted that the electricity is provided by a separate wind turbine, while as an additional source all windows are fitted with fully transparent photovoltaic panels in front of the glazing.

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exploded axonometric

the rain sensor would ideally be printed with clay based soil

As mentioned earlier, the construction of the outer shell requires local materials found on site, ideally clay soil or cementless concrete mixed. with the supply of the site by robotic machines, a strong reduction in emissions generated by the transport of materials can be determined. wood, for example, should be implemented structurally for internal cores and flooring in conjunction with OSB for siding purposes. Additionally, pre-cut OSB and plywood would form the honeycomb rigid roof structure, which essentially covers the entire house. the specific structure ensures that tension and compression work properly, providing the necessary lateral stresses. for insulation, recycled materials or natural fibers are taken into account while the roof can be covered with recycled plastic tiles to help reduce incorporated carbon.

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interior view of the living room

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exterior view highlighting the intricacy of full height windows


plans, showing potential configurations

plans, showing potential configurations



project info:

Name: the rain catcher
designate: tactus design workshop
site: UK


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