Europe’s first printed school rises in Ukraine

A humanitarian project is underway to print a 506.5-sq-m primary school in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, with completion expected in weeks.

Organisers say it could provide a blueprint for getting more than 5 million children back to school after Russia’s invasion so far has damaged 2,600 schools and completely destroyed more than 400.

It will be Ukraine’s, and Europe’s, first printed school.

Polish humanitarian group T4UA leads the project with the support of Lviv City Council and a number of companies, including Danish print-builder 3DCP Group and Ukrainian cement-maker Cemark.

The printer, made by Danish firm Cobod International, arrived on site two weeks ago. The single-storey building is already half complete after four days of printing, Cobod said yesterday.

“Destroyed schools and other educational institutions deprive the younger generation of the opportunity to receive a quality education, which can have a negative impact on their future and the future of the state,” said T4UA founder Jean-Christophe Bonis.

“Innovative solutions will help to overcome this problem right now, more efficiently and much faster.”

Kyiv-based balbek bureau designed the school. Engineering was supplied by Ukrainian studio Ars Longa.

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