Dar Al Arkan completes the region’s first 3D-printed villa in Riyadh

Leading Saudi developer Dar Al Arkan has completed the kingdom’s first two-storey 3D printed (3DCP) villa, which stands at 9.9m in height, in the residential development of Shams Al Riyadh.

The villa was built with locally made materials including cement, sand, rocks and stones, with varying degrees of concentration, to ensure that the structure is up to four times stronger than traditional construction.

Building on its success, Dar Al Arkan is currently building the second villa, which will usually take a month to complete. Already the first floor stands have been fully competed and that too in just eight days, he said.

The use of 3CDP technology is the first achievement of its kind in the region as it accelerates the speed of construction while improving safety and reducing waste and errors.

The villa was printed directly on site, during the summer without any cooling equipment or shading, indicating that the technology is capable of printing houses all year round and in any part of the Kingdom, said the developer.

Dar Al Arkan stressed that he followed strict protocols and an evidence-based approach to ensure that the project, including the first villa, is built safely in accordance with Saudi building codes in all aspects.

It had launched 3DCP technology in the fourth quarter of last year to lead the transition of the construction and real estate sector towards advanced and sustainable building practices and complement Saudi Vision 2030 goals to support economic diversification and digitization.

Unlike traditional methods of building homes, 3DCP cuts construction time by more than half, is more flexible and requires less labor since it only takes three workers to build a house. This, in turn, also helps reduce lost-time injuries, creating a safer workplace, the developer said.

Additionally, Dar Al Arkan said less concrete is needed to complete a building, making the technology more sustainable and a viable solution for a low-carbon construction industry of the future.

For consumers, the combination of these benefits ensures lower and more affordable costs compared to traditional construction, he added.

While 3DCP increases construction accuracy, the Saudi developer pointed out that there will also be fewer repairs and rework, which will help reduce long-term costs and increase property value.

A combination of reduced construction material waste, less need for repair or rework and low on-site LTI incidents will enable very cost-effective project management compared to traditional construction, he added.

Wael Al Hagan, Project Manager, 3DCP, Dar Al Arkan, said: “We are currently building the second villa, which will usually take a month, but we have already completed the first floor in just 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 see for themselves the first villa completed and the second under construction,” Al Hagan noted.

“Our efforts are focused on developing the kingdom’s real estate sector by incorporating the latest trends and technologies, drawn from global best practices to improve our industry locally and achieve the goals of Vision 2030. The introduction of construction 3D printing will allow us to allows us to focus on greater design flexibility, boost productivity and achieve better profitability,” he added.

The Saudi developer said that this technology will revolutionize the way customers buy their homes in the near future, as very soon they will be able to choose from different digital building designs and simply allow their home to be printed with a click.

Dar Al Arkan will continue to develop industry standards to consolidate the kingdom’s position as a leader in this sector, while making the company highly competitive in 3DCP technology, he added.

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