Nestled within the iconic Emirates Towers premise, the world’s first 3D fully-functional office in Dubai is now operational.
As a temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation, it covers a space of up to 250 square metres and was printed in only 17 days once the internal and external designs were adopted. It was installed on site within two days, significantly faster than traditional construction methods involving ‘A’ category office buildings.
The 3D-printed office was constructed using a special mixture of cement and a set of building material designed and made in the UAE and the United States. To ensure reliability, the materials have undergone a range of tests in both China and the United Kingdom.
A 3D-printer measuring 20-feet high, 120-feet long and 40-feet wide was used to print the building that featured an automated robotic arm to implement printing process.
The method cut the labour cost by more than 50 per cent compared to conventional buildings of similar size. As a fact, one staff was required to monitor the function of the printer, a group of seven people to install the building components on site and a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering.
In order to manage the execution of the project, additional mobile printers were located at the construction site, in addition to the use of advanced computers to help ensure quality control, facilitate the printing processes, and form effective and productive basement for different projects requirements.
An arc shape was adopted for safety purposes and to ensure the stability of the building, while the exterior design reflected the most innovative forms of future work place.
The idea of the 3D office conveys a shift from the traditional form of work environment and provides greater opportunities to stimulate innovation and communication between work place teams.
Innovative features have been adopted in the office to reduce energy consumption such as window shades to offer protection from direct sunlight and keep the building cool. Latest technology has been adopted in the management of information systems within the building. The office will also offer space for exhibitions and workshops as well as other events.
The office is the result of a partnership between Dubai and WinSun Global along with leading global architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.
The idea to build the 3D printed building was mooted the UAE National Innovation Committee revealed with the aim to establish the UAE’s position as the global centre of technology in architecture construction and design.
The project is the first major initiative of the Museum of the Future that explores the future of science, technology and innovation.
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