Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge

Revolutionize construction, build affordable housing for $100/sq ft with 3D printing, prefabrication, robotics or new technologies.

Canada's first and largest 3D printed neighborhood gets green light in Gananoque

Toronto, March 2, 2022

Horizon Legacy Group has received approval from the Town of Gananoque to build Canada's first and largest 3D printed neighbourhood.  Last night, in a unanimous vote, a Site Plan Approval was granted for 6 buildings with up to 4 to be built in the first phase.  The project, two years in the making, represents the first step in using new construction technologies to solve the problem of affordable housing.  


"Our community has voted unanimously to support this initiative because we embrace innovation and new ideas," says Ted Lojko, Mayor of Gananoque.  "From day one, the Horizon team has been stellar to work with and answered all of our questions.  We are satisfied that their plans will meet the requirements of our community," he says.


In addition to the technological and design solutions, the neighbourhood sets a new normal in building sustainability.  Horizon Legacy Group is announcing that all buildings will use green energy for heating, cooling, and lighting; the majority of which will be powered by on-site renewable energy.


Each building is approximately 1400 sq feet with one bachelor, one 1 bedroom, and one 2 bedroom.  The neighborhood will be owned by Horizon Legacy and made available as rental apartments.

Horizon Legacy Group to build the first 3D printed neighborhood in Canada

Toronto, August 16, 2021

 

Horizon Legacy Group announces it will finance and build the first and largest 3D printed neighborhood in Canada, pioneering the use of robots and automation in multi-storey building construction.  This project is born out of the Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge, the biggest construction technology innovation competition in North America.
 
On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in an invitation only event, friends and family gathered to learn the winners of Stage 2. The winning teams are: 
  • Scoolpt representing the Czech Republic;
  • O-Cube, representing Canada;
  • CyBe, representing the Netherlands;
  • Hivetat, representing USA;
  • Imprimere, representing Switzerland;
  • UBB Chile, representing Chile;

The Marco Polo 100 Challenge was created to solve the problem of affordable housing by asking participants to design a multi storey building for $100/sq ft using new technologies and processes. The Challenge is unique in that it brings innovative ideas into the real world by constructing a building that satisfies existing market and regulatory standards. In addition to cash prizes, the Sponsor is offering up to $10M in funding, land and experts to support the teams.
 
In the next Stage, each team gets to work with an experienced team of architects, engineers, technology experts, and builder to fully develop their designs. Up to 6 unique buildings showcasing innovative construction technologies or processes will be built in Gananoque, Ontario.
 
Highlights
 
  • The Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge is a technology competition to solve affordable housing by building a multi-residential building for $100/sq feet using new technologies and processes. Horizon Legacy Group, backers of the competition, is investing up to $10M and offering cash prizes and royalties to the winning submissions.
 
  • The project will build the first 3D printed neighbourhood in Canada. The Sponsor Horizon Legacy Group is pioneering the use of robots and automation in construction.  
 
  • Over 400 people from nearly 60 countries registered in Stage 1.  Submissions were considered by a 12 member jury with expertise in construction, architecture, engineering, 3D printing, prefabrications, quantity surveying, and finance.  
 
  • In Stage 3, up to 6 Small Buildings will be built in Gananoque, Ontario to demonstrate the technology concept.  Known as Gateway to the 1000 Islands, this water-front community of 5000 people is perfect for young families building their life and established families looking for a safe, quiet place to downsize, work or play.

Stage 2 Live Event

Online, August 11, 2021

On August 11, 2021, nine teams from all over the world will convene to learn who made the cut and go to the next round of the Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge. At stake are cash prizes of up to $200K and the grand prize $10M investment to bring their idea to life. 

 

Gananoque to host international construction technology competition

Toronto, April 6, 2021

 

The Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge achieves another major milestone. The beautiful community of Gananoque has been selected to host Stage 3 of the international competition to build affordable housing using new technologies and processes. Known as Gateway to the 1000 Islands, this water-front community of 5000 people is perfect for young families building their life and established families looking for a safe, quiet place to downsize, work or play.

 

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Top 20 Teams Advance to Stage 2

Toronto, February 3, 2021

 

After receiving over 400 registrations from nearly 60 countries, 20 teams have been selected to advance to Stage 2 of the Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge. Submissions were considered by a 12 member jury with expertise in construction, architecture, engineering, 3D printing, prefabrications, quantity surveying, and finance.
 
“We are overwhelmed by the response and interest we received. It exceeded our expectations,” says Nhung Nguyen, VP of Development. “Affordable housing is a global problem and we have to approach it with an open mind and innovative thinking,” says Anthony Zwig, President and CEO. “The solution lies with new technologies. We must be willing to chart a new course and change the traditional ways of doing things,” he said.
 
The Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge is a technology competition to solve affordable housing by building a multi-residential building for $100/sq feet using new technologies and processes. Horizon Legacy Group, backers of the competition, is investing up to $10M and offering cash prizes and royalties to the winning submissions.
 
Teams selected to advance to Stage 2 were recognized for their potential to meet the Challenge objectives. In the next phase, teams are invited to expand their ideas with detailed plans showcasing their innovation and scaling it to a multi storey building.
 

Team

Country

Technology

3DPHC

Canada

3d printing

A3D Printer

Spain

3d printing

Apogee

Canada

Shipping containers

Architecture of Survival

Russia

Pre-fab, lightweight shelter

Big Foot

Russia

Light gauge steel framing

BILLINGS

Nigeria

3d printing, robotics

CONZZLE 

Malaysia

Pre-fab

CyBe Construction

Netherlands

3d printing, robotics, pre-fab

Form Found Design

USA

Pre-fab, light gauge framing, robotics

Hivetat

USA

"Beehive"

Imprimere AG

Switzerland

3d printing

Kasuweri

Malaysia

Pre-fab

ModulusTech

Pakistan

Pre-fab

Mortar Board Homes

UK

Pre-fab

O-Cube

Canada

Pre-fab

Savantium

India

3d printing, pre-fab, air-inflation

Scoolpt

Czech Republic

3d printing

SPG eng

Chile

Construction resequencing

UBB-Chile

Chile

3d printing, concrete on frame

ZAO OBD

Russia

Pre-fab "lotus"

 
 

Webinar

Toronto, November 25, 2020

On November 25 we organized a webinar to give you more insights into the challenge, the context, and answering your questions. You can watch it here: