A revolutionary new kind of neighborhood has already broken ground in Georgetown: one built by robots and “printed” out of a machine. No, it’s not a sci-fi flick – it’s just the latest news out of Austin’s innovative and ever-exciting real estate market.
Teased in 2021 by Austin-based developer ICON, the firm has finally released the details of this exciting new project. Named the Genesis Collection, the new community will be built in the Georgetown subdivision of Wolf Ranch, and will total 100 3D-printed homes – the largest of its kind in the world. Prices will start in the mid-$400s and reservations open early 2023.
“For the first time in the history of the world, what we’re witnessing here is a fleet of robots building an entire community of homes. And not just any homes, homes that are better in every way … better design, higher strength, higher energy performance and comfort, and increased resiliency,” said Jason Ballard, ICON co-founder and CEO, in a release.
“In the future, I believe robots and drones will build entire neighborhoods, towns, and cities, and we’ll look back at [co-developer] Lennar’s Wolf Ranch community as the place where robotic construction at scale began. We still have a long way to go, but I believe this marks a very exciting and hopeful turn in the way we address housing issues in the world.”
Designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group architectural firm, the “architecturally striking” homes will feature a blend of contemporary Texas ranch-style aesthetics, and will be built environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced. Plans for the homes include eight different layouts ranging from three to four-bedrooms and two to three-baths. Built-in rooftop solar panels and various security systems are just some of the added perks all homeowners will enjoy, not to mention an array of Wolf Ranch neighborhood amenities such as pools, hiking trails and parks.
“We are very pleased to partner with ICON and BIG in building a first-of-its-kind, printed home community that combines innovative designs with sustainable features at an affordable price,” said Stuart Miller, executive chairman of Lennar, in the release. “Given the housing shortage that persists across the country, it has never been more important to innovate in order to find new methods of construction that will enable greater design flexibility and greater production at affordable prices.”
“We are excited to welcome Lennar and ICON’s cutting-edge home construction technology to Georgetown,” Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder said in the release. “The Georgetown community prides itself on honoring our past and innovating for our future, and we are eager to see the future being built right here.”
To reserve your spot at the Genesis Collection, or to find out more about the new community, click here.
(Renderings courtesy of Lennar)