Just in time for spring, U.C. Berkeley researchers have unveiled Bloom. The freestanding structure was constructed from 3D-printed blocks, made of an iron oxide–free Portland cement polymer that's lighter than typical cement. Architect magazine, a sister publication to The Concrete Producer, recently profiled the project, noting that it's the largest 3D-printed cement structure built to date. The project team included associate architecture professor Ronald Rael, AIA, and four graduate students.

“It’s a very precise, frugal technique,” said Rael, who is also a co-founder of the Oakland, Calif.-based studio Emerging Objects, in a press release. “The project is the genesis of a realistic, marketable process with the potential to transform the way we think about building a structure.”

Next up: Bloom will go on the road, to be displayed in Thailand and several other locations around the world. Read More