Lewis Yakich recently designed the world's first 3D-printed hotel. Although 3D printing has been used to construct everything from remote cabins to luxury villas, few designers have used the technology for commercial purposes. This new hotel provides an example of how 3D printing can be uses to build commercial structures.
The Lewis Grand Hotel is located in the Philippines and is considered the world's first 3D-printed commercial building that is fully operational. The new structure is an extension of the existing hotel and features a two bedroom villa suite that is complete with a living room and a 3D-printed Jacuzzi tub. The suite took about 100 hours of print time to complete and was slow to assemble. Despite the lengthy assembly time, the entire process cost 60 percent less than traditional construction methods.
The 3D-printed hotel suite demonstrates that this particular construction method could be perfect for designing low-income residences and other commercial buildings.