Work starts on Europe’s first 3D printed public building

Built by PERI 3D construction, a two-storey football clubhouse

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Artist's impression of Europe's first 3D Printed Public Building in Nordkirchen, Germany Courtesy- Cobod International

Using innovative building technology in the form of 3D construction printers, PERI 3D Construction is set to create Europe’s first-ever 3D-printed football club facility and public building. This initiative, located in Nordkirchen, Germany, shows the shift towards 3D construction printing in various sectors beyond residential construction.

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3D printed walls of Europe’s first 3D printed public building Courtesy- Cobod International

Utilizing the largest printer configuration to date by PERI 3D Construction, a COBOD BOD2 model measuring 25 meters (83 feet) long, 15 meters (50 feet) wide, and 10 meters (33 feet) high, the future SC Capelle football clubhouse will boast a usable floor space of approximately 330 m2 (3.550 SF). The estimated completion time using 3D printing technology is projected to be only approximately 140 hours, highlighting the technology’s potential for rapid, efficient, and sustainable construction.

Fabian Meyer-Brötz, managing director of PERI 3D Construction, stated: “In the face of significant challenges such as a skilled worker shortage and stagnating productivity in construction, 3D construction printing offers an urgently needed solution to build faster, cheaper, and with less material usage.”

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COBOD’s BOD2 finishing the SC Capelle clubhouse Courtesy- Cobod International

The unique design for the building is the creative work of Steinhoff Architekten, an innovative architectural firm known for embracing forward-thinking construction methods. The clubhouse will be used by SC Capelle playing in the third division in Germany.

Echoing PERI’s statement, Henrik Lund-Nielsen, founder and general manager of COBOD International, said: “This new project by PERI is a great example of how our printers can be used for more than just low-rise housing. The new 3D-printed building will be the first-ever 3D-printed football clubhouse and the first public building that has ever been 3D-printed. On top of the recently finished printing of the world’s so far largest 3D printed building, a luxury horse staple in Florida of almost 1.000 m2 (10.100 SF), we are starting to see numerous examples of 3D printed non-residential buildings.”

Mayor of Nordkirchen, Dietmar Bergmann commented on the project’s significance, stating, “This initiative is a clear signal that small towns in rural regions can also drive innovations and future technologies. With the substantial financial support from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the expertise of our project partners, we are realizing a construction project in Nordkirchen that is attracting attention, not only locally but also on a broader scale.”

This project sets the stage for the continued evolution of construction methodologies, proving that 3D construction printing is a viable option not just for low-rise housing, but for larger, more complex structures across various building sectors.

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