Atelier valentino gareri has designed a village of sustainable 3D printed houses
“Sunflower” is a residential village of 19 3D printed houses designed to provide a new model of sustainable community village for rural and low density areas. the project is the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration between valentino gareri atelier, steve lastro and delos, who aim to adopt a more humanistic and sociological approach to residential technology and community life.
all images courtesy of valentino gareri workshop
like a sunflower, the arrangement of the houses designed by valentino gareri workshop “Follows” the solar circle, where lots and houses are distributed radially around a central common area. photovoltaic roofs are shaped and tilted to receive clean energy from the sun, just like a sunflower does in nature every day. one-story houses are built with 3D-concrete printing technology, and the construction process adopted naturally shapes the final urban form.
new building materials and techniques have always influenced the shapes of buildings. Likewise, 3D printing technology will shape the city of the future. the site is placed in the center and the concrete printer, moving through extendable and retractable binaries, “prints” all the houses in sequence by rotating in the central area of the site using a temporarily placed turntable. this represents a more sustainable construction process compared to a traditional process, as less earth is used during the working phase. the end result is a series of 19 houses arranged radially around the central site which, once the construction works are completed, will become the community heart of the future village.
every home is designed to be energy efficient. the shape of the building naturally favors the collection of solar energy thanks to the frameless photovoltaic tiles which cover the sloping roofs. the roofs are sloped to track and capture the most effective amount of solar radiation, depending on the latitude of the site. clean energy is collected in batteries and used for the underfloor heating system, for air conditioning and for powering electric cars. in addition, the inclination of the roof promotes the collection of rainwater (for toilets and irrigation) in a water tank located in the service room.
the geometry of the house generated favors and increases the “chimney effect”, reducing the need for air conditioning energy thanks to natural ventilation. self-sufficient energy houses, submerged and totally open to nature, are designed as sustainable “machines” where the final shape is the result of scientific criteria which aim to save or produce energy. with wellness at the forefront of sunflower village, every home is equipped with delos darwin home wellness intelligence, the world’s first holistic home wellness platform designed to passively improve health and human well-being through air purification, water filtration and lighting that mimics natural daylight.
Last name: Tournesol: residential village printed in 3D
designate: valentino gareri workshop
technology futurist and wellness consultant: 6 sides
world leaders in real estate and wellness technology: delos
rendered: denis guche
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edited by: yasmina karam | design boom