A hotel made entirely using 3D printing technology is opening in Texas

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  • Published on March 28, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Places

An open-air bathhouse, infinity pool, and stunning views of surrounding mountains are some of the hotel’s features inspired by outer space home ideas.

Glamping destination El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas, is allowing its guests to experience life in the future. Due to its inspiration from proposed designs for outer space homes, Sunday Homes will be the world’s first 3D-printed hotel.

The Liz Lambert hotelier revealed the brand new undertaking on March 9 at SXSW. She revealed that her team collaborated with the Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and the 3D-printing construction company Icon, which is currently under contract with NASA to build the first interplanetary homes on the moon and Mars.

“I have had a vision for the evolution of El Cosmico for many years that includes several spaces that add to the experience both for guests and locals — a pool, a hammam, and more space for art and skills-building workshops,” Lambert shared in a statement according to Travel + Leisure.

“In collaborating with the revolutionary thinkers at BIG and Icon, not only do I get to fulfill this dream, but we get to do it using this incredible 3D printing technology that marries the oldest principles of raw earth-based building with a futuristic technology that works more quickly, sustainably, and efficiently than modern construction,” the statement continued.

A preview of what’s to come was provided by Lambert, Icon, and BIG during SXSW. At Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts, the group presented the city with a permanent outdoor concert pavilion. Lambert asserts that the entire process from start to finish – design, printing, and building – only took 14 days.

A set of curving, hut-style dwellings that are planned for El Cosmico were also displayed by Lambert. The neutral colors used to make each one are intended to reflect the remarkably comparable landscapes of Marfa and outer space.

As part of Lambert’s plan to relocate El Cosmico, she plans to establish new 3D-printed buildings and expand the facility to 60 acres just north of Marfa to accommodate the new concept, along with its present glamping style lodgings. The promised circular infinity pool, outdoor bathhouse, and common areas will also be included.

The homes in the plans range in size from 1,200 to 2,200 square feet and feature two, three, and four bedrooms. Every apartment has a view of the Davis Mountains in the area. In addition, the project could “assess the opportunity to 3D-print affordable housing in Marfa,” Lambert wrote on Instagram, which would meet the needs of the city’s expanding population.

There is a chronic shortage of homes in the West Texas city because so many of them are rented out as vacation rentals to visitors.

Construction on the project is anticipated to start in 2024. Sunday Homes will be available to book starting this summer. Visit elcosmicohomes.com to find out more and subscribe for updates.


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