Dar Al Arkan, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading real estate companies, has launched the Kingdom’s first 3D construction printed (3DCP) villa. The Kingdom’s two-story is a 9.9-meter-high villa in the Shams Al Riyadh residential development.
The project was carried out using strict protocols and an evidence-based approach.
The villa was printed directly on site without any cooling or shading, demonstrating that the technology can be used to build homes all year long regardless of weather conditions.
Dar Al Arkan launched the 3DCP technology in Q4 2021.
3D construction printed technology cuts building time by 50 percent and requires lesser labor, approximately only three workers are required to build a house.
The construction requires less concrete, making it a viable solution for low carbon construction industry.
“Dar Al Arkan is currently building the second villa, which will typically take a month to complete, but we’ve already finished the first floor in only eight days. This 3D printed villa has additional insulation layers and features that ensure energy conservation, saving up to 30% in energy consumption. We urge all industry experts to visit us and view the first completed villa and the second under construction for themselves,” Wael Al Hagan, Project Manager, 3DCP, Dar Al Arkan.
“Our efforts are focused on developing the Kingdom’s real estate sector by integrating the latest trends and technologies, drawn from global best practices to enhance our industry locally and deliver on the objectives of Vision 2030. The introduction of 3D construction printing enables us to focus on greater flexibility of design, strengthen productivity and achieve higher cost efficiency,” he added.
3DCP technology increases construction accuracy and reduces the need for repair and rework, contributing to long-term cost saving and property value addition.
The villa built in Shams Al Riyadh utilised locally made materials including cement, sand, rocks and stones, with varying degrees of concentration, to ensure the structure is up to four times stronger than traditional construction.