Kenya to launch printing presses


Construction of Africa’s largest 3D printed housing project will begin in the Kenyan town of Kilifi early next year.

The 52-house Mvule Gardens complex is being built by cement giant Holcim through the 14Trees joint venture that it operates with CDC Group, the UK government’s impact investor. The development is part of Green Heart of Kenya’s innovative regenerative ecosystem focused on creating “inclusive and climate resilient cities”.

“We are delighted to be building one of the largest 3D printed affordable housing projects in the world in Kenya,” said Jan Jenisch, CEO of Holcim. “With today’s rapid urbanization, more than three billion people are expected to need affordable housing by 2030. This problem is most acute in Africa, with countries like Kenya already facing an estimated shortage. to two million homes. By deploying 3D printing, we can fill this large-scale infrastructure gap to raise the standard of living for all. “

Designed by MASS Design Group, an American and African architectural firm, the homes will reduce the carbon footprint of a conventionally constructed home by more than 50%, according to Holcim, which has a proven track record in this booming region, having delivered the world’s very first 3D printed school to Malawi.

Tenbite Ermias, Managing Director of CDC Africa, added: “14Trees is pioneering the use of advanced technologies to meet one of Africa’s most pressing development needs – affordable housing – to create infrastructures that change the lives of entire communities.


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