With accommodations whose design is based on futuristic homes that may one day be built on Mars or the Moon, the world’s first-ever 3D-printed hotel truly is something else. It’s located in Marfa, Texas, and aims to bring its guests closer to the future. The 21-acre destination marvels with more than just its outer space design, too. Check out all about the futuristic glamping location.
A Collaboration to Admire
The Texas destination propels its visitors to the future, to put it mildly. Hospitality visionary Liz Lambert, one of the people behind the ambitious project, announced its upcoming construction back in March. Her team is to work hand in hand with 3D-printing construction company ICON for the hotel’s construction. At present, the innovative construction company partners with NASA for the world’s first interplanetary homes.
The final participant in this ambitious hotel project is no stranger to innovations, either. It’s none other than Danish architecture company BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group. In case you’ve been living in a cave over the past 20 years, BIG is a construction giant behind ambitious projects like The 8 House in Copenhagen and New York’s VIA 57 West.
The Cutting-Edge Design of the Hotel
Expected to break ground in 2024, the futuristic hotel will feature 10 retreat homes, known as Sunday Homes. They’ll offer visitors an intersection between nature and outer space. With its cutting-edge design and various accommodations, the creative retreat will become a must-visit location for many, and for a good reason.
Let’s check out the hotel’s space. It’ll have an infinity pool and a hammam, also known as a Turkish bath, as well as various rooms for artsy workshops of all kinds. Inside, the homes are majestic, to say the least. They have a unique design reminiscent of those found in futuristic movies. Plus, the landscape surrounding the magnificent retreats will resemble not just outer space but the local environment as well.
In terms of housing capabilities, the Sunday Homes will have two, three, or four bathrooms. Each abode will be up to 2,200 square feet in size.
Quirky Printing Techniques
Undoubtedly, the most interesting thing about the upcoming 3D-printed hotel is that, well, it’s 3D-printed! Mind you, the technology isn’t as cutting-edge as you might think. As a matter of fact, the creators behind the ambitious destination have already applied their cutting-edge technology to construction more than once.
The hotel will be built using a material called Lavacrete once it’s 3D-printed on ICON’s Vulcan system. El Cosmico is expected to take over the Sunday Homes, making it one of their hotel amenities.
Beastie Boys Square Was Approved by the New York City Council
All Beastie Boys fans around the world can rejoice because, on July 14, the New York City Council voted to officially rename a square on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in honor of the famous pioneering rap group.
Beastie Boys Square Will Be at Rivington Street and Ludlow Street
The site on the corner of Rivington Street and Ludlow Street will now be known as Beastie Boys Square. The location is special because it was there that the group shot the cover for their 1989 sophomore album Paul’s Boutique. It was named after a fictional clothing store, and the album featured singles like “Shadrach” and “Hey Ladies.” It only peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 but is now considered to be the group’s finest album.
Naming a Square After the Beastie Boys Was a Community Effort
When the Beastie Boys hit the scene, it changed the hip-hop game, and council member Christopher Marte acknowledged that in his statement to NYC’s Pix11 regarding the vote. He then noted that there had been an ongoing nine-year effort to see the square named after the group. So, for him, the fact that the vote was happening was certainly a reason for celebration on the Lower East Side. It was a reason to celebrate hip-hop and especially the community that’s been organizing for a long time to ensure this happened. Now, the proposed bill to rename the square after the Beastie Boys will go to Mayor Eric Adams’ desk, where he’ll have to make the decision whether or not to sign and approve it.
Back in 2020, a documentary about the group was released called The Beastie Boys Story, and it was helmed by Spike Jonze. The film was co-written by the group’s surviving members, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. It earned several nominations, including one for best music film at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Despite that, it was overlooked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2021 Oscars.