The Office of the Future, the first 3-D printed building in the world
By Tasnim Tinawi
The Office of the Future is the first 3-D printed building in the world under the Dubai Future Foundation and the Dubai 3-D Printing Strategy Initiative which ultimately encourages the Emirates to use 3-D printing construction in 25% of its buildings by 2030. The 3-D printed office, designed by Killa Design, is also the first functional building with full mechanical and electrical services that people can use on a daily basis.
The construction of the 250 square meter building primarily used a massive 3-D cement printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide. The printing process spanned over 17 days, while its assembly only took two days. The printing process required only one technician to monitor the printer and a team of seven people for assembling the components on site. Subsequently, this reduced the number of labor by more than 50% relative to conventional building construction and assembly.
The interior is inclusive of flexible spaces like interactive workshop spaces, quiet office spaces, and private meeting rooms. The variety of spaces supports fluid work environments with provisions such as a public café and a partnership lounge for events and exhibitions that are open to a landscaped exterior.
The building supports a sustainable strategy that is energy efficient. Its orientation allowed for maximized natural lighting while the interior remained shaded by extending overhangs. Both strategies lessen solar heat and the need for air conditioning or artificial lighting.
The Office of the Future is an initial case study for the forthcoming Museum of the Future launched by the Dubai Future Agenda approach to support digitally controlled fabrication methods in building construction.
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