Misprinted prefab houses


45 Responses to “Misprinted prefab houses”

  1. Fef says:

    A Flying Spaghetti Monster House!

  2. starfish and coffee says:

    really really cool.

  3. Gar the Pitiless says:

    I would take pity on those of you fooled by the misleading text, but I’m pitiless, so… (shrug).

    No, you cannot press a button and have a concrete house come out the end of a big machine.

    You still need to have a guy standing around doing this:

    and then you need some more guys to do this:

    and that’s as prefab as it gets, concrete-wise.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “The cartridge was not loaded properly.”

    F*cking PC Load Letter…

  5. Mujokan says:

    Safe to assume the bit about elderly squatters is a joke I think.

  6. james says:

    mind = blown.

  7. nixiebunny says:

    They don’t appear to have much room on the inside, being solid and all that. Still, they would make nice living units if real. Goudi-like.

  8. JamesMason says:

    I would prefer to learn that these are works of art BEFORE I click on the link. Thank you.

  9. wqoq says:

    Daniel Pinkwater’s going to have to write a sequel and call it “The Big Orange Plot”.

  10. mello151 says:

    Does no else think that a couple of those look like poop?

  11. Unmutual says:

    Did somebody mess up the conversion of this into english? It is referring to what are obviously computer renders as if they are real mistakes and actually being used by squatters? Something about this being a nifty thought experiment got lost in translation.

    I love how one has a net inexplicably hanging from its underside. Was this house designed to float a thousand feet above the open ocean? What’s the net for, catching newly birthed houselings?

  12. blueelm says:

    I don’t know why people keep thinking these aren’t real. I was at an awesome house party in that extra tube-squirty one last weekend. Unfortunately some one died while trying to leap onto the neighbor’s landing.

    So sad.

  13. Bazilisk says:

    *Please* edit the post to make it clear that these are 3D renderings and not real. For a few minutes I actually thought that I lived in a fantastic world, until I translated the artsy/badly-translated text into realizing that these are imaginary, and the resulting disappointment in the continued mundane nature of my reality is annoying enough for me to make this post.

  14. eaphelps says:

    oh my god why are they floating in midair, i dont even see how an elderly hobo could climb up there

  15. caipirina says:

    Concrete houses on wires … over water … i doubt that any country’s building security police would let that happen …

    and I agree, did something get lost in translation? I was hoping by clicking on the link to see the ‘real’ grey turd houses in action … maybe even a google earth link …

  16. Art says:

    Wasn’t there a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode just like this?

  17. avraamov says:

    …i think ‘knowing’ or ‘partial’ hoax just about covers this. ‘ironic information lacuna’?


    lovely idea though. reminds me very strongly of ‘peripetics’ – oh wait! i just saw the title of the page.. it IS zeitguised



  18. nehpetsE says:

    Dear internest,
    I are confused…
    Why unreal are not real?
    Why other people laugh?
    Why no one explain why i are no laugh?
    How houz are formed?
    Foreignerz No pull wool over my eyes with foreign-word-speak-translator.
    I know a things or two.
    I are not borned yesterdaze!

  19. dancentury says:

    At first I was like, “who mad sculptures of my wrinkled shirt, un-toned stomach, intestines, gall bladder and finally gall stones”, but then I’m like nah, that’s CGI.

  20. kpkpkp says:

    Some sense of scale would have been helpful – could be a bird-house, could be an apartment block

  21. Filth says:

    I would love to have a look round houses like these

  22. Anonymous says:

    penguinchris, as a research assistant who studies solid freeform fabrication(what is called by many as 3d printing), I can say that I have seen all of these forms misprints. Misprints are VERY possible. Falsely translated a data set sounds like improper conversion of CAD software data to the STL file format. This is quite easy to do, especially since the STL file format sucks. If you don’t choose a high mesh density, your round, curvy part ends up looking ‘polygony’. Sometimes there are problems with the conversion process, and you end up with errors in your STL file, then you get a part that looks like swiss cheese with triangular holes. Or you don’t even get a part, as your part breaks up and crashes the fabricator.

    Wrong parameters is quite a common error, especially since fabricators vary(even the fabricators of the same model!) and vary over time! So fabricators have to be continually tuned and retuned, especially anytime a different material is used, maintenance is performed, or the stars are improperly aligned. If one’s parameters aren’t right you end up with burned, brittle(collapse into dust brittle), blobby, or noodlificated parts.

    And no, I’m not talking about homemade fabricators, I’m talking about industrial ones. Fabricators are still fairly new compared with other manufacturing technologies and still have many problems to be resolved…

  23. Halloween Jack says:

    Yeah, sorry, but that set off my bullshit sense even before I figured out that they were supposed to be suspended over water by those dinky cables. Interesting designs, though.

  24. penguinchris says:

    OK, they are obviously fake as has been discussed. I find it pretentious, but it’s not unusual for people making this kind of art to describe it as if it were real.

    What I want to know is, how are these prefab houses actually built, and is this type of “misprint” even possible?

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say no, it isn’t.

  25. Anonymous says:

    It’s CGI, not real. Just making sure everyone knows.

    • lottakatz1 says:

      I submit respectfully that it’s not CGI. It looks more like a contemporary ceramic art installation. The house I want to live seems to have a glaze (possibly a faint crackle glaze) on the boulders. You have to go to the linked site and find the larger photos to see it. A couple of the others have (precious metal) luster glazes on them in selective places it looks like. I went searching the link for the artists name but beyond the indication it was an ad agency (and they do cool stuff) I couldn’t find anything. Thanks to the host for posting the photo; I am just captivated by them.

  26. EeyoreX says:

    I don’t like how the editorial text in this post misrepresents the image.

    It should be clear to anyone that these houses were actually designed as pre-fab stables fit for the european long-horse.

  27. lottakatz1 says:

    Lol, but I wouldn’t mind living in a dwelling like the piled boulders.

  28. MauiMaker says:

    Interesting Visualization – the heavy concrete suspended by thin cables that dont sag was big WTF clue. I dont know that printing snafus would look like this. More likely the print head crashes into the material or stops moving while still extruding or the product mix was bad (and wouldnt set up well).

    Cement printing is a research topic for Behrokh Khoshnevis of U. SoCal and the USC Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) http://craft.usc.edu although I dont find much recent published material on a quick search.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Nice, cool, they look great. Would love to live in one :)

    Can’t believe that these are ‘miss-prints’. To me these seem to be so by design.

  30. Hanglyman says:

    And the elderly ex-squatter homes are floating on mysterious wires over the ocean because…?

  31. Anonymous says:

    The article is about fictional structures, which is not explained properly in this post.

  32. Nadreck says:

    Me am so sad! Imperfect duplicating machine not make beautiful Bizarro houses.

  33. seanbedlam says:

    This has confused me and I’m too confused to know if it’s the good aesthetically pleasing confusion.

  34. tmccartney says:

    I can’t tell what I’m looking at. Are these houses suspended by cables? Is this even real?

  35. Anonymous says:

    They are renderings; we’re missing the first sentence of the article:
    “Featured in swiss architectural magazine Hochparterre’s “Raumtraum” section, these visualizations of future architectures search for the accidental in computer driven manufacturing processes.”

    so, it seems the project is to try and design something on purpose that might someday happen by accident. and then give the accidents to homeless people to live in like bird houses.

  36. Anonymous says:

    guh, EVERYONE knows that auto-fab houses are created along a mesh of curved wires over the ocean. of course it’s real!

  37. wgmleslie says:

    An interesting art installation.

  38. xzarakizraiia says:

    These are not real. From the link:

    “Featured in swiss architectural magazine Hochparterre’s “Raumtraum” section, these visualizations of future architectures search for the accidental in computer driven manufacturing processes.”

  39. xzarakizraiia says:

    But they are really cool!

  40. Sekino says:

    It’s a bit creepy: They’re like the cancer-cells of houses…

  41. ill lich says:

    Yeah, but I don’t understand why on one hand they say they are “visualizations”, but on the other hand say they are being used by elderly former squatters also (or is that a joke?)

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