The innovative community of one hundred energy efficient 3D-printed homes under construction near Georgetown in Texas, USA, has opened its first fully-furnished model home to interested buyers.
The project was announced in October 2022 and reservations of its technologically advanced new constructions started in June 2023.
Built by Lennar and ICON and co-designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the residential project, called Wolf Ranch, will be nestled in the Texas Hill Country and developed across eight floorplans and 24 elevations.
Solar energy will be used to power each home, through the integration of rooftop solar panels.
Prices were anticipated to start from the mid-$400,000s.
According to the CNN, some of the units have already sold.
“These revolutionary homes offer a seamless fusion of innovation and design to deliver a one-of-a-kind living experience,” Lennar commented on Facebook, alongside the first published photos of Wolf Ranch’s model house.
Inside Wolf Ranch’s 3D-printed homes
Developed by Hillwood Communities, the 3 and 4-bedroom homes at Wolf Ranch range from 1,500 to 2,100+ square feet.
Prospective buyers had the opportunity to tour around the project’s first finished home on its grand opening event on July 22.
The model home, called Nola, features threes bedrooms and two bathrooms within nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, in addition to a 385-square-foot outdoor patio.
“Large sliding doors off the living room allow you to bring the outdoors in,” its description adds.
The owner’s suite offers a large walk-in closet.
ICON supports that its Vulcan construction system can deliver homes and structures up to 3,000 square feet that are built to the International Building Code (IBC) structural code standard and expected to last as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) built homes.
Its proprietary wall system and advanced materials are stronger and longer-lasting than traditional building materials and provide safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand extreme weather, greatly reduce the impact of natural disasters, and be printed at high speeds and at scale, the company states.
3D-printed homes built by robots
In a Press release issued last November, ICON gave additional insight into their building strategy, explaining that it combines innovative robotics, software and advanced materials to create homes that are “technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable and architecturally striking.”
Expressing an ambitious vision on the future of residential building constructions, ICON co-founder and CEO, Jason Ballard, said at the time that one day robots and drones will build entire neighborhoods, towns, and cities, and people will look back at the Wolf Ranch as the project where robotic construction at scale began.
“For the first time in the history of the world, what we’re witnessing here is a fleet of robots building an entire community of homes. And not just any homes; homes that are better in every way… better design, higher strength, higher energy performance and comfort, and increased resiliency,” Ballard observed.