“The combination of traditional and advanced technologies creates a contrast that is clear yet balanced in this innovative home that is very much of its time.”
— Paul Danna, FAIA

Location Austin
Client/Contractor ICON
Architect Lake|Flato Architects
Design Team Lewis McNeel, AIA, Ashley Heeren, AIA, Margaux Palmer, Vicki Yuan, AIA, Nyssa Sherazee, AIA, Cole Major, AIA, Warren Weaver
Structural Engineer Guy Nordenson and Associates
MEP Engineer Integral Group
Lighting Design Studio Lumina
Envelope Consultant SGH
Material Science Consultant WJE
Landscape Architect Word + Carr

House Zero is a field trial for a proprietary concrete wall printing system; it’s also a new climate-responsive home. The design team collaborated with software developers, robotics engineers, and material scientists to create a new set of architectural strategies for printed concrete construction. While the house is made using robotic printing processes, it showcases biophilic design principles throughout, including the use of natural wood, plentiful daylighting, and connections to nature. Designed for net-zero energy, it features a thermally broken, insulated envelope and a rapid software-controlled construction process, pushing the current limits of additive manufacturing at the scale of a building.

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