3D printed homes


Meet Jindi. Studio Kite’s 3D printed tiny home. Jindi is a Yugambeh-Bundjalung word used for nest. The Bundjalung Nation are the custodians of the northern coastal area of NSW.

In collaboration with National Parks and Wildlife Services, Studio Kite designed a range of 3D-printed nests for endangered wildlife that were left homeless due to devastating fires. After the recent floods in the Northern Rivers, NSW, it became clear that wildlife were not the only creatures in need of shelter. Hence the birth of Jindi.

The Jindi is a modest 32m2 tiny home designed as a self-supporting arch structure. Its sweeping natural curves give an expansive ambiance rarely experienced in a small footprint.

We found that 3D printing provides the fastest, most economical, and environmentally friendly solution. The structure is 3D-printed from recycled ABS plastic with glass reinforcement and fire-retardant additives. The exterior is finished with a fire-resistant render and internally with plaster.

Jindi is a space with exceptional insulation properties. The wall cavity ranges from 100-300mm and is core filled with vermiculite, creating excellent passive thermal insulation.