Wolf Ranch, an ambitious development of a hundred homes, is poised to revolutionize 3D-printed construction in the United States. Situated near Austin, Texas, the project’s first model home has been unveiled in anticipation of the first residents arriving this September. Spearheaded by Lennar and Icon, in collaboration with the renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architecture firm, Wolf Ranch is set to become the largest-scale development of 3D-printed homes worldwide. This remarkable endeavor is part of a larger development by Hillwood Communities Development, which will also feature traditionally built homes.
The 100 3D-printed houses at Wolf Ranch offer a range of 1,500 to 2,100 sq ft (roughly 140 – 195 sq m) each, all conveniently situated on one floor. With eight different floorplans available, the homes come in three or four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms, drawing design inspiration from traditional Texas ranches. Although created using cutting-edge 3D printing technology, the homes are indistinguishable from modern dwellings at first glance, boasting light-filled and spacious interiors with generous glazing. The large open living area seamlessly incorporates the kitchen, creating an inviting atmosphere.
Prioritizing sustainability, the homes at Wolf Ranch are equipped with a solar panel system to reduce their reliance on grid-based energy. Additionally, smart home technology enhances convenience and security, with features such as a Ring Video Doorbell, Wi-Fi-operated lock, and a smart thermostat.
The construction of Wolf Ranch is made possible by Icon’s Vulcan 3D printers, which employ a cement-like proprietary mixture called Lavacrete. The printers meticulously extrude this material in layers to build the basic structure of the home. Subsequently, human builders complete the houses by adding roofs, doors, windows, and any other finishing touches required to create a seamless and polished look.
For prospective buyers interested in the groundbreaking 3D-printed homes, there are currently six completed units available for purchase at Wolf Ranch. Prices range from US$475,990 to $559,990, and virtual tours of the homes can be taken through the provided source link below. The development promises to be a pioneering step towards mainstream adoption of 3D-printed construction in the housing industry.