Italian architect Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti has been working with Italcementi Heidelberg Cement Group, Arup and Cybe on a new project for Milan Design Week; a 3D-printed house, which will be built on site at Piazza Cesare Beccaria during the course of the fair. Creativity, sustainability, flexibility, affordability and rapidity are key areas to consider when 3D printing, says the architect. We met with Locatelli to find out more about his plans.

W*: Why 3D print a house?
ML:
Because a 3D-printed house is the future and I’d like to print it in the present for Milan Design Week 2018; combining architecture with freedom and technology.

W*: What was your vision when designing this house?
ML:
My vision was to integrate new, more organic shapes in the surrounding landscapes or urban architecture. My intention was to do the first house for a square in the centre of Milan. I wanted to show a different way of using a printing machine and explore how a concrete house could create a dialogue with our memories of interior design, made of references to archetypes of the past.

W*: What challenges and what opportunities does 3D printing present for the architect? 
ML:
The challenges are the project’s five key values: creativity, sustainability, flexibility, affordability and rapidity. The opportunity is to be a protagonist of a new revolution in architecture.

W*: Did you have to think differently when designing a house this way?
ML:
Designing in this way assumes a new relationship with the client. A new way to solve human, social, natural disasters or economic problems.

W*: How long does it take to actually build the house?
ML:
We are building 100sq m within one week 

W*: Where do you envisage this house being built in the future?
ML:
Everywhere and anywhere, even on the moon