NZ’s first fully 3D-printed home is largest in Southern Hemisphere


A 252m2 home assembled in the Auckland suburb of Paremoremo using 3D-printed panels prefabricated in Hamilton is the first of its kind in New Zealand

The largest fully 3D printed building in the Southern Hemisphere marks another groundbreaking achievement for Waikato-based QOROX, the company responsible for the construction technology.

The family home was designed for a family of four to complement the site’s natural contours and peaceful setting, and features 3D-printed concrete wall panels which provide the perfect backdrop for modern living.

The mastermind behind the home’s unique design features was multi-award-winning architectural firm, Dorrington Atcheson Architects, who said the use of 3D printed technology provided more flexibility than traditional concrete builds.

“It’s pretty cost effective, and you can get the geometric proportions and shapes that you would have to spend a lot of money to get if you did it in traditional concrete construction,” says Dorrington Atcheson Architects (DAA).

QOROX managing director Wafaey Swelim, says the design provided by DAA allowed them to fully utilise the design capabilities of their 3D printer.

“DAA provided an amazing design which enabled us to fully utilise the design capabilities of our 3D concrete printer and produce a strong, secure and warm home for the owners to enjoy for many generations to come. People who visit the home are so impressed by its calmness and warmth.”

To create the ‘printing ink’ for the home, QOROX utilises its own mortar recipe that is 80% locally sourced. The final product was rendered internally and externally, using full Resene Construction Systems hand applied ROCKCOTE exterior and interior plaster and finishing coats, providing a ‘natural look’ to the wall panels and providing the clients with their desired finish.

Swelim says the flexibility of 3D printed concrete allowed homeowners to add their own personal flair to their homes, without an additional price-tag.

The Paremoremo house’s 63 panels, with a total area of 360m2, were prefabricated in Hamilton and transported to site for installation by Qorox’s experienced team, with Senior Construction undertaking the rest of the build.

With 30% less emissions than traditional concrete builds, Swelim says achieving the fully 3D-printed home was another tick in the box for the next evolution in building.

“3D printed concrete is the next evolution in building, and it’s happening right now, right here in New Zealand.

“There are so many advantages to 3D printed technology. Our system allows the formation of wall cavities for insulation, plumbing and electrical wiring, and apply patterns and design elements directly, without the need for additional work.”

The QOROX 3D printed wall solution provides excellent thermal mass qualities helping to create more climate resilient homes that are warmer during the winter months, delivering more comfortable living environments.

“The best part is all of these elements this can be completed without compromising the R-Value (thermal rating) or the overall strength of the build.”