This and That: Harry Bertoia and Germany’s First 3D Printed House

by Jessica Fuentes January 29, 2022

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. See past “This and That” posts here. – Ed.

Today: Additive processes

A photograph of a sculpture made by Harry Bertoia. The sculpture is generally in the shape of a cube with two sides removed revealing an interior that is filled with more organic shapes. It was created by welding layered pieces of bronze and the layers are evident in the final work. The metal has oxidized and appears to be a light blue-green color.

Harry Bertoia, “Untitled (Cube),” c. 1968, welded bronze wire. Harry Bertoia Foundation


A photograph of a house created through an additive manufacturing process. The house in in the shape of a rectangular prism with rounded edges and is made from thin layers of concrete.

Germany’s First 3D Printed House ©HeidelbergCement AG: Aleksej Keksel



No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan

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