3D Printing

Europe’s largest 3D printed building is being constructed in Germany

5th May 2023
Sheryl Miles

Europe’s largest 3D printed building is initiated by KRAUSGRUPPE, a project developer, builder, investor, real estate manager, and broker in the Heidelberg area.

The city has always been at the forefront of innovation as it is a city of science. Now that the Campbell Barracks have been renovated, the city will have ground-breaking 3D construction printing technology that will revolutionise the building sector.

This project is being built for Heidelberg IT Management GmbH & Co. KG, a cloud and data centre provider.

The building is approximately 54m long, 11m wide and 9m high. The construction process started 31 March and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2023. It will serve as an IT server hotel and is set to become one of the most technologically advanced and innovative buildings in the region.

Hans-Jörg Kraus, Managing Partner of the KRAUSGRUPPE, said: "As an independent family business with a long tradition and a future ahead, we want to promote innovative construction methods in Heidelberg and make a positive contribution to sustainable building methods”.

PERI 3D Construction, a pioneer in 3D construction printing industry, is providing the know-how for the 3D printing process, and is using COBOD's BOD2 3D construction printer to print the walls of the building. PERI is taking advantage of the high printing speeds of the printer and plans to complete the printing of the walls of this large-scale project in just 140 hours, equivalent to printing four square meters of building per hour.

The architects from SSV Architekten and Mense Korte, who collaborated on the project, devoted a lot of attention to the design of the walls, which is unique – as seen in the renderings of the server hotel.

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD added: “In this unique project PERI is emphasising two of the key benefits of 3D construction printing; speed of execution and design freedom. Because of this, our technology is capable of carrying out everything from materials savings, windmill towers over low-cost residential housing in Africa, to architectural office type buildings in Germany.”

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