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3D Printing a Skyscraper

Malaysian designer Haseef Rafiei was awarded honourable mention in this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which recognizes innovative ideas for futuristic high-rise living where he introduced his design of installing a pod printer on top of the skyscraper. He was inspired by the rising popularity of vending machines in Japan.

Customers would be able to choose from an array of ready-to-use housing pod designs for their home. Once printed, the pods are plugged into spaces in the structure below by crane arms attached to the skyscraper. Modules stored within the building can be easily moved, regrouped, modified and recycled, preventing waste and ensuring that space is used efficiently. As the structure starts being filled, the skyscraper would grow taller to accommodate more homes, it does so by adding to itself using materials delivered by hydraulics on the sides of the building. It is designed to keep adapting to the needs of its inhabitants over time and will become necessary to address the growing demands of the urban housing market.

Here at Sigma College of Architecture, one of the Top Architectural Colleges in Tamil Nadu we help our students broaden their horizons by educating them on projects that think outside the box.