AMIE: Enabling Innovative Solutions for Buildings of the Future

Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy


The AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy) demonstration utilized 3D printing as an enabling technology in the pursuit of construction methods that use less material, create less waste, and require less energy to build and operate. Developed collaboratively by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Governor’s Chair for Energy and Urbanism at the University of Tennessee, AMIE symbolizes a transformative future for designing, constructing and operating buildings. UT architecture studios taught in collaboration with professionals from SOM (Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill) developed forms and shapes based on biological systems that naturally integrate structure and enclosure. Developed into a compact micro-dwelling by SOM, AMIE incorporates next-generation modified atmosphere insulation, self-shading windows, and the ability to produce, store and share solar power with a paired hybrid vehicle. AMIE provides an innovation platform for examining inventive solutions for energy systems integration in buildings, vehicles, and the power grid. The project was built with support from local industry and national materials suppliers. Designed and constructed in a span of only nine months, AMIE 1.0 serves as an example of what can be accomplished when academic, professional, research, and industrial partners work in collaboration toward the common goal of a more sustainable and resilient built environment.



James Richard Rose

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Director of Institute for Smart Structures, College of Architecture + Design
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Leif Eikevik, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Maged Guerguis

Senior Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Philip Enquist, FAIA

Governor's Chair,
Partner for Urban Design & Planning
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism

Brian Lee, FAIA

Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Dr. Lonnie Love

Group Leader, Manufacturing Systems Research
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Johney Green, Jr., PhD

Previous Director, Energy and Transportation Science Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Roderick Jackson

Group Leader, Building Envelope Systems Research
Oak Ridge National Laboratory