The world’s first 3D-printed hotel is designated to be built in Marfa, Texas, using technology from the 3D-printing startup, Icon. The company is known for its innovative use of large-scale 3D printing to construct affordable and sustainable homes.
According to reports, the hotel will be a 2,000-square-foot building featuring multiple guest rooms, a lobby, and other amenities. Marfa’s natural landscape and local architecture will reportedly inspire the design.
One of the benefits of 3D printing technology is that it allows for greater design freedom and flexibility, as Bjarke Ingels, the architect behind the hotel’s design, noted in a statement to Architectural Digest that the technology can produce complex shapes and organic forms at the exact cost as more detailed designs.
It will be interesting to see how this innovative use of 3D printing technology will impact the construction industry and the future of hospitality design.