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Holcim completes phase one of Africa’s largest 3D-printed development

by Sion Geschwindt

14Trees, a joint venture company between Holcim and the British International Investment, has successful completed phase one of Africa’s largest 3D printed housing development.

Mvule Gardens is a 52-home housing development in Kilifi, Kenya. Phase one of the project, which saw the construction of ten homes, is now complete, Holcim announced yesterday.

“The complex is scaling up affordable housing in Kenya to help bridge the country’s infrastructure gap and deliver affordable, climate-friendly homes at scale,” said Holcim in a press release. 

The project has attained an EDGE Advanced sustainable design certification by IFC, the World Bank’s development finance institution, which recognises resource-efficient buildings with the potential to be zero-carbon. Holcim says it is the first time a 3D-printed housing project has attained this certification. 

François Perrot, managing director of 14Trees, said: “With 3D printing, you can solve two problems at once. You can build faster and with better cost efficiency, which will help make affordable housing a reality for the majority. In addition, you can build with less materials, which preserves the resources of the planet for future generations.”

Miljan Gutovic, region head for Europe at Holcim, added: “I am very proud of the work done by 14Trees in Africa, where their innovations in 3D printing technology are accelerating affordable and sustainable building. I look forward to 14Trees replicating these successes in Europe and other parts of Africa in the very near future.” 

The project builds upon the success of 14Trees’ world-first 3D-printed school in Malawi.

Image: A 3D render of one of the completed houses at Mvule Gardens (credit: 14Trees)

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