The 3D printed house called Serendix50 costs less than a car.

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The exponential rise in housing prices is a worrisome issue affecting millions of individuals. The escalating costs have made it extremely difficult for people, both young and old, to afford housing and live independently. As a result, many are forced to reside with their parents due to financial constraints. This predicament is not limited to just the younger generation; it is also prevalent among the elderly in Japan. Over the years, there has been a steady increase in retired individuals having low incomes, making it impossible for them to continue living in major cities due to financial limitations. Consequently, many retirees are opting to move to the countryside in search of affordability. Recognizing the need to address these pressing concerns and many others, Serendix, a Japanese company, has taken the initiative to create 3D printed concrete houses with a size of 50m2, effectively reducing costs to a level where these houses are cheaper than cars.

Masayuki Sono, the architect behind this revolutionary concept, had previously won a competition organized by Nasa to design a 3D printed home. Last year, he created a futuristic 10m2 3D printed house called Sphere, which gained immense attention. The exceptional aspect of Sphere was its ability to withstand earthquakes, a necessary quality considering Japan’s geographical surroundings. And now, Serendix has once again delivered by introducing the Serendix50 (also known as Fujitsubo) to the market. This new creation is entirely constructed using 3D printed materials.

Notably, Serendix has set a world record for speed in the construction process. With just one 3D printer, they can manufacture a complete house in less than 45 hours. Despite the rapid construction, the Serendix50 complies with all the stringent Japanese construction standards necessary to be classified as a legal residence. The house is resistant to fire, water, and earthquakes, possesses structural strength, and offers excellent thermal insulation.

However, it is important to mention that the Serendix50 must be built outside of the cities as these houses are not stackable. Their design caters more towards the outskirts of large cities or rural areas. The cost of a Serendix50 is 90% cheaper than the average current house price, amounting to just €35,000. This affordable price includes a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room connected to a kitchen, and, if desired, a door for a garden.

Serendix currently has the capacity to produce 250 homes per year, with each printer manufacturing 50 houses. To further increase their production volume, they plan to incorporate 12 new machines within the next year, allowing them to produce a total of 850 houses annually.

The question arises: is this just a passing trend, or can Serendix truly provide a solution for those who cannot afford traditional housing? The answer to this question remains uncertain. However, Serendix’s innovative approach holds the potential to open doors for individuals who are struggling financially. To learn more about Serendix, you can visit their website.

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*Cover Photo Credits: Serendix

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