Garden House In The Backyard Shows Great Experiments With 3D Printed Tiles

The garden house shown below represents a very exciting and certainly successful experiment with 3D tiles. This so-called Cabin of Curiosities explores the possibilities in architecture for the reuse of old materials and 3D facade design. It is located in a coastal area and is part of a startup called Emerging Objects. It was founded by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello. Both are professors at the University of California Berkeley and San Jose State University. Both also founded the architectural studio Rael San Fratello, which regards architecture as a cultural science.

The succulents serve to better integrate the garden house in the environment…

Garden house view from the distance

… and the variety in the colors was achieved thanks to the different materials

An answer to the social situation

This garden shed concept is an answer to the situation in the area. This is the coastal area”Oakland City Council”.


There is a high demand for new houses in this region. As a result, large areas for secondary buildings and garden sheds have been removed. So the available backyards can be transformed into living areas. The garden house concept”Cabin of Curiosities”has taken exactly this opportunity.

Garden house lateral view

What does this garden house actually represent?

The garden house in the backyard has a room and a gabled roof. This form also shapes the facade design. These include grape skins, salt, cement and sawdust among others. The project houses a number of different 3D printed tiles. These are found both in the interior, as well as in the outdoor facility. Inside, the transparent and shiny designs stand out. On the outside, they take on a number of functions. For example, some of them serve as rainwear and others as containers for succulents. A total of 4,500 3D printed tiles were used. The manufacturing company is engaged in upcycling of agricultural and industrial waste products. It is extremely interesting and perhaps surprising for many, what products are used in this manufacture.

The clay for the tiles was fired at a very high temperature

Garden house gives idea

Two main groups of tiles characterize the exterior design

In the exterior design, there are mainly two types of tiles. The first are the plant tiles with gable ends. The others are tabular and located on the sides. The second were made by a very fast printing method. It was used the so-called G-code, in which each line is controlled. Thus, the desired handmade aesthetics is achieved. There are no two tiles that are the same. This garden house is a great success after many unsuccessful experiments with 3D printed tiles. For this reason, it can also be considered as a very important example of modern architecture. Also look at the other pictures of this project and the additional info.

For some of the modern interior design, plastic tiles were used

Garden house view from the house into the garden

The LED lighting together with the 3D printed furniture and the wall cladding make a great effect

furnishing for the day garden house

The”Chroma Curl”wall surface changes its colors. This brings this fabulous effect at night.

Interior view of garden house

The side tiles were made using a very special technology and each create a very interesting effect of different individual shadows!

view tiles garden shed

The inner tiles of the garden house are made of organic corn

Garden house detail of the tiles

Dien plant tiles have a hexagonal base

Garden house detail with plant

At this interface you can see the two types of tiles in comparison

Tile garden and plant