Firm mulls Africa’s largest 3D-printed affordable housing project in Kenya

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Firm mulls Africa’s largest 3D-printed affordable housing project in Kenya

A joint venture between Holcim and CDC Group,14 Trees-has announced Africa’s largest 3D-printed affordable housing project in Kenya – called Mvule Gardens.

The project will be built in Kilifi in partnership with the Green Heart of Kenya Development, in early 2022.

Building on 14 Trees’ world-first 3D-printed developments in Malawi, the Mvule Gardens housing complex will offer 1 bed, 2 bed and 3 bed units starting at Ksh2.46m in a low density gated community project close to Kilifi Town.

Colm Halley, General Manager 14 Trees Kenya: “We are excited to be building one of the world’s largest 3D-printed affordable housing projects in Kenya. The Government of Kenya have made huge efforts to accelerate the development of Affordable Housing in Kenya. 14Trees is committed to using innovative technology to support this, with houses that have a lower carbon footprint than traditional methods.  The announcement of Mvule Gardens and the inauguration of the show house in Nairobi are an extremely exciting step to deliver beautiful affordable, eco-friendly homes in Kenya.”

Lachie Gordon Athi, Green Heart of Kenya Managing Director: “As East Africa’s first regenerative town, the Green Heart of Kenya is proud to be hosting this incredible project. Our vision is to show how development can have a positive impact on the environment and community around it. The reduction of embodied carbon and construction costs that construction 3D printing represents, as well as the environmentally conscious design of Mvule Gardens, is an important step towards realising the Green Heart of Kenya’s vision.”

Seddiq Hassani, the Managing Director of Bamburi Cement, which is also Holcim’s Kenya subsidiary: “As part of Bamburi’s commitment to supporting the Government of Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda on affordable housing, we are delighted to be supplying our innovative building materials for this truly ground-breaking project.  The material to be used in Mvule Gardens is part of our soon to be launched Tector range of mortar products, reaffirming our commitment to offering the Kenyan market with the highest quality, most innovative and greenest building materials.”

The Mvule Gardens in Kilifi, Kenya, is one of the largest 3D-printed affordable housing projects in the world. It is part of the Green Heart of Kenya regenerative ecosystem, a model for inclusive and climate-resilient cities. Its advanced sustainability profile won an IFC-EDGE Advanced sustainable design certification, which recognizes resource-efficient and zero-carbon buildings.

14Trees is dedicated to addressing Africa’s shortage of affordable housing with 3D printing and smart design while creating skilled local jobs. As proven in Malawi, the technique can reduce the environmental footprint of a house by more than 50% compared to conventional methods, while the walls can be built at record speed in just 12 hours compared to almost four days with conventional building techniques.

MASS Design Group, an American and African-based architecture practice, designed the Mvule Gardens to advance affordable, sustainable and replicable housing units adapted to Kenya’s environment.

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