The villa in the capital city of Riyadh is the first 3D printed building from Dar Al Arkan. It was 3D printed in just 26 days and is fully compliant with the building codes, making it a bright example of how technology and innovation can work hand in hand with safety and regulation.
The villa features smart applications that control various functions of the house, including doors, locks, AC, lighting and has 9 solar panels on the roof, which generate enough electricity to power many of the villa's systems, including lighting and heating. Also, heat-reflecting nano-technology was used for painting the exterior walls, which makes the villa up to 40% more heat-resistant than traditional buildings. In addition, the exterior of the house is four times stronger that any regular-built one.
Wael al Hagan, 3D construction printing project manager from Dar Al Arkan said: “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”.
The project by Dar Al Arkan has not happened unnoticed by the local authorities. Commenting on the use of new technology The Ministry of Housing in Saudi Arabia said: “In Saudi, we are rapidly developing in the construction sector through our Building Technology Initiative and implementing new technologies to enable 70% of the Saudi population to own their homes by 2030. Our strategy is to revolutionize the way people think about home through smart futuristic methods”.