Canal House Rolls Off the Printing Press

The world’s first 3D canal house to come rolling off a life-sized printer has risen in Amsterdam North. DUS Architects and partners are responsible for this groundbreaking project. Heijmans is participating in this initiative to gain knowledge of this refreshing and totally new way of building.

  • Amsterdam
  • 2013-2016
  • N/A
  • DUS Architects

Five specials

  1. Research by Doing

    Research by Doing

    The possibilities of 3D printing are as yet undiscovered, as are the changing construction process and the material. The aim is to experience in practice what the possibilities of 3D printing are. What are smart connections? How do the forces work in construction? Above all: work together to see what improvements can be made by doing it.

  2. Kamermaker


    The Kamermaker (3D printer) is built in an old container where elements of 2 × 2 × 3.5 metres can be printed. This printing technique involves melting down bioplastic granules (hot melt adhesive). The Kamermaker prints shapes which were previously impossible in the construction industry.

  3. Personalization

    3D printing makes ‘mass customization’ increasingly realistic: choose your own shape, structure, colour and layout. This technique brings personalized housing ever closer. Just send your order to the 3D printer and your house is printed in individual elements. That is the new reality.

  4. Open to the Public

    Open to the Public

    The construction site of the 3D print Canal House is open six days a week. Interested parties (already more than 7,000 in the first eight months) can view the printed elements, the 3D printer and a specially designed exhibition for just €2.50. Proceeds from this ‘crowd funding’ will go towards further development of the project.


  5. Recyclable

    The material used for printing is made of 80% linseed oil. In addition, the elements can be melted down again and reprinted. Together with Henkel, the characteristics of the material are examined for fusibility, sustainability, stability and recyclability.


Hedwig Heinsman
Hedwig Heinsman
Hedwig Heinsman 'What if we could print buildings?'