Dar Al Arkan through the project located in Shams Al Riyadh residential development makes 3D-printed housing units become a reality in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dar Al Arkan, Saudi Arabia’s property developer has launched the first 3D construction-printed villa in the Kingdom using the BOD2 3D construction printer. The 3D-printed villa consists of a two-storied building that is 9.9m high, making it the biggest 3D villa in the world. Dar Al Arkan through the project located in Shams Al Riyadh residential development makes 3D-printed housing units become a reality in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dar Al Arkan specializes in the development of planned lifestyle residential communities which offer apartments, villas, mixed-use real estate, and developed land.
The mixed-use real estate is a part of large residential communities which includes commercial and retail buildings. The company in a statement announced that the villa was completed in 26 days with no wastage and about 30% energy saving. The 3D villa was constructed directly on-site without any shade as the construction mostly consisted of machines with less manpower, which also indicates that technology can be used to build despite the weather conditions throughout the year.
3D construction printed technologies diminish the time taken to complete a project by 50% with less labor and is more flexible in design. 3D printed projects require less workforce and a crew consisting of three workers could build a house. 3DCP technology will boost the momentum of construction with a reduction in wastage and errors along with improved security.
The construction also requires less concrete and this assists in fueling a low-carbon emission construction industry. Project Manager, 3DCP, Dar Al Arkan, Wael Al Hagan states that Dar Al Arkan is currently building the second villa using 3D, which will typically take a month to complete but they have finished the first floor in eight days. “The 3D-printed villa includes 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,” says Wael Al Hagan.
Mr. Hagan further added that their goal is to integrate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s real estate sector with the latest addition in technology and keep on par with the changing trends and will focus on improving the local industries and thus aid in accomplishing the objectives of Vision 2030. He also adds that using 3D printing technologies bolsters productivity and achieves higher cost efficiency along with providing higher cost efficiency.
The 3D printing projects reduce the requirement of rework as the 3DCP is precise and increases construction accuracy providing property value addition and cost efficiency for a longer term. The villa built in Saudi Arabia, at Shams Al Riyadh employed locally made materials including rock, cement, sand, and stones with different degrees of concentration to make sure the accuracy and strength of the construction are much better than the traditional methods of construction.
About Dar Al Arkan
Dar Al Arkan is a real estate development company in Saudi Arabia that specializes mainly in Real Estate and Property development along with investment, apartments, and villas emerging into a fully-fledged real estate developer. The firm was established in 1994 in Riyadh to meet the increased demand for quality housing in Saudi Arabia. From January 2000 to July 2004, Dar Al Arkan operated as a limited liability company with a capital base of SR140 million (US$37 million). The progression of Dar Al Arkan from a small real estate developer to one of the largest private sector providers of master-planned lifestyle communities in KSA is a result of consistent growth since its inception.