Studio RAP Unveils Striking Archways with 3D-Printed Ceramic Tiles | New Delft Blue

Dutch architecture firm Studio RAP has created a striking pair of archways at the PoortMeesters housing development in the Netherlands. Named New Delft Blue, these archways serve as entrances to a central courtyard garden designed by VY Architects. Utilizing 3D printing and an algorithmic approach, Studio RAP constructed the archways using 3,000 unique tiles that evoke the colour and patterns of traditional Delft Blue porcelain. Know more about the project on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).


Utilizing 3D printing and an algorithmic approach, Studio RAP constructed the archways using 3,000 unique tiles that evoke the colour and patterns of traditional Delft Blue porcelain.

The design of the New Delft Blue features nature-inspired leaf-like patterns, seamlessly integrated into the concrete stairs covered by the archways. Each tile measures approximately 40cm by 30cm and has been 3D-printed and coloured with a transparent blue glaze. The algorithm developed by Studio RAP generates a pattern that elegantly guides people over the staircase between two public spaces.


Each tile measures approximately 40cm by 30cm and has been 3D-printed and coloured with a transparent blue glaze.

Studio RAP’s use of 3D printing has allowed for complete control over the complex design, resulting in a masterful display of digital craftsmanship. With the ability to print ceramics in-house, the architects achieved a complete digital workflow, enhancing their design ambitions while ensuring high-quality architectural results.


The algorithm developed by Studio RAP generates a pattern that elegantly guides people over the staircase between two public spaces.

Project detail

Location: Delft, Netherlands

Client: BPD, Ballast Nedam Development

Architect: Poort Meesters VY Architects

3D ceramic printing: Studio RAP

Status: Completed

Image credit: Riccardo De Vecchi

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