Villa Asserbo: A Sustainable, Printed House That Snaps Together

, a house whose printed pieces “snap” together, by Danish architects Eentileen. Photo via Fast Company.

UPDATE: This post originally stated that Villa Asserbo was 3D Printed, when in fact its pieces were printed using rapid prototyping technology (a subtractive, rather than additive process).

We’ve covered 3D Printing a lot here at ArchDaily, but most of our coverage has been speculative and, frankly, futuristic – could we, one day, print out Gaudi-esque stone structures? Or even print a biologically-inspired, living house? 

But today we heard a story about an alternative to 3D Printing‘s capabilities in the here and now - and its implications are pretty exciting.

In a small town outside of Copenhagen, Danish architects Eentileen joined forces with London-based digital fabrication and architecture specialists, Facit Homes, to create Villa Asserbo: a 1,250 square foot, sustainable home made from Nordic plywood fabricated via CNC miller and easily “snapped” together.  

No heavy machinery, no cranes, no large labor force. Just a couple of guys, a few easily printed pieces, and six weeks.

Get more details about this sustainable, printed House, after the break…

Villa Asserbo, a house whose printed pieces “snap” together, by Danish architects Eentileen. Photo via Fast Company.

According to the Fast Company article where we found this story, the house bases its sustainability chops on two facts: (1) it requires no heavy machinery to construct (Frederik Agdrup, the house’s designer, comments,“No component of the construction is heavier than two men are able to carry”); and (2) it “floats” on top of 28 screw piles and not on a resource-intensive concrete bed, thus allowing it to be easily disassembled and recycled with minimal site damage.

Moreover, the Facit Homes web site praises the family home for being super insulated and airtight, so no heat is lost.

As the author of the Fast Company article, Suzanne Labarre, puts it: “This is not the world’s first attempt at a house. [...] But for the moment, Villa Asserbo might offer the most practical model. Whereas [some 3D printing technologies require] an enormous, highly specialized printer that can’t exactly be lugged from one place to the next, Villa Asserbo can be repeated in various permutations anywhere you find CNC milling machines (they are relatively common nowadays) and plentiful wood.”

The architects are looking to make the houses open to the public soon. If their easy, sustainable, well-designed model is the immediate future of alternative to 3D Printing (and considering it’s such a “snap,” it very well might be), then we’re all aboard.

Story via Fast Company




Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Villa Asserbo: A Sustainable, Printed House That Snaps Together" 21 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Tyler

    …not really 3d printing, is it? CNC milling is, at this level of sophistication, a 2D technology and not that new. Also, I think it’s important to clarify that CNC milling is a subtractive process that produces waste material (perhaps very little of it) AND 3D printing is an addative process that does not. So this is really just a nice pre-fab house made mostly of wood.

    • Vanessa Quirk

      Tyler – you’re absolutely right. I read rapid prototyping machine and erroneously leaped to 3D Printer. Thank you for your comment – I’ve edited the post accordingly.

  • Lauren

    I don’t understand- how is it considered “printed”? 3d printed is typically an additive process, from looks of the images it was routed, cut, or perhaps laser cut. I don’t understand how it is printed? Can someone explain.

    • Vanessa Quirk

      Sorry for the confusion Lauren! My mistake.

  • Walt

    Unpaid internships are not very popular around these parts.

  • Edinburgh

    I would really, really like to know how much this house cost, both in terms of materials, assembly and final price. I suspect it hasn’t been mentioned because it wasn’t that cheap.

    • Milan Kubik

      I’m with you, totally curious about this idea though. I look forward to hearing more news about this.

    • CCHansenDK

      According to several danish medias it is supposed to cost 1,8 million Dkk

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