The house of the future looks like a honeycomb cell and costs as much as a car

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The Sphere-printed house could be had for less than US$30,000.

Can you envision yourself living in a house that resembles a cell, can be 3D-printed, is weather-resistant and easily transportable? And all for the price of a new car. Serendix Partners is betting on this as a viable future habitat.

The house, spotted by SoraNews24, is light but sturdy and costs 3 million yen (about US$28,500). It was designed by Japanese architect Masayuki Sono, winner of the NASA 2015 3D housing challenge. This future-oriented home takes the form of a spherical honeycomb cell. Its size is modest, about 30 square meters, but every centimeter is optimized to offer a pleasant living space.

A house that can be built in 24 hours

This futuristic house design responds to many issues facing housing today. According to Serendix Partners, the firm that developed the concept, the decreasing number of carpenters, particularly in Japan, has increased the prices of traditional constructions. Entrusting the building of this structure to robots that print in 3D therefore significantly reduces costs. And the construction time, fully automated and therefore more "fluid," according to the firm, is 24 hours. A record!

A house designed to adapt to the challenges of global warming

In addition to its manufacturing time and cost, the house has other advantages: it is resistant to natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons. It is also easily transportable -- a major advantage at a time of global warming.

Will this half-igloo half-alveolar house find a place in your home? In any case, that's the goal of Serendix, which patented its plans in 2020.

Mylène Bertaux