In a groundbreaking display of innovative design, Dutch Architectural firm Studio RAP has unveiled its latest project—a 3D-printed Ceramic House—in the heart of Amsterdam. This architectural marvel not only leverages bespoke 3D printing technology but also seamlessly blends tradition and innovation, reshaping the iconic P.C. Hooftstraat with a fusion of historical charm and contemporary aesthetics.
Studio RAP’s Ceramic House marks a departure from conventional architectural norms by reintroducing bespoke details into the fabric of modern design. Utilizing their custom-built 3D printing technology, the firm breathes new life into the boutique facade on Amsterdam’s renowned shopping street.
The studio’s avant-garde approach to contemporary architectural design involves state-of-the-art digital fabrication processes. Studio RAP manufactures each bespoke 3D-printed ceramic tile in-house, enriching the historic architecture of P.C. Hooftstraat with a design language that is both visually striking and technologically advanced. Using digital design algorithms developed in-house, the facade explores a reinterpretation of glazed ceramics in the historical context of Amsterdam, drawing inspiration from the acclaimed Rijksmuseum. The design retains the tripartite structure of the street, harmonizing seamlessly with neighboring buildings while introducing a fresh perspective.
The design of the façade features intricate layers inspired by textiles—elegant creases, interlooping yarns, and stitch patterns. Its organic, wave-like quality changes as viewers approach the design from different angles. Gradually, as the line of vision moves, new elements within the custom ceramic tiles are unveiled, resulting in a luxury boutique that harmonizes with its historical environment while standing out among the surrounding buildings.
Studio RAP employs large-scale 3D-printing technology to realize highly differentiated and algorithmically designed details. The team collaborates seamlessly with advanced robotic systems to craft intricate ceramic designs, pushing the boundaries of architectural design and showcasing a commitment to excellence.
The facade features large 3D-printed ceramic tiles at street level, glazed in pearl white with a subtle touch of yellow. These tiles, approximately 40 x 20 cm each, create a visually expressive experience at eye level, seamlessly transitioning to a flush alignment at ground level. The higher floors showcase 3D-printed bricks glazed in three distinct shades of red, further enhancing the facade’s detailed aesthetic. This endeavor embodies Studio RAP’s ultimate goal: to infuse a fresh architectural style that challenges conventions and paves the way for future innovations in design.
Location: P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam (NL)
Client: Warenar Real Estate
Architect: Studio RAP
Co-Architect: Gietermans & Van Dijk
Contractor facade cladding / 3d-ceramic-printing: Studio RAP
Firing and glazing: Royal Tichelaar
Main contractor: Wessels Zeist (VolkerWessels)
Photographer: Studio RAP / Riccardo De Vecchi