Dubai has revealed plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed office in the heart of the city and the structure could be ready in a matter of weeks.
WinSun Global, a specialist in 3D-printed buildings, is working with the UAE National Innovation Committee to design the 2,000 sq ft office and exhibition space, which will function as a temporary base for staff at the city’s proposed Museum of the Future, slated for completion in 2017.
‘The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality,’ says Mohamed Al Gergawi, chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee. ‘This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors.’
A 20-ft-tall 3D printer will print component parts of the building, layer-by-layer, using concrete, plastic and glass fibre-reinforced gypsum. The structure will then be assembled on site in just a few weeks. All interiors, from partitions to furniture, will also be 3D-printed. Once complete, the office’s open and flexible space will be adaptable to a range of uses and team sizes.
‘This project is part of our overall innovation strategy to create new designs and new solutions in education, healthcare and cities,’ added Al Gergawi. ‘Our goal is to increase the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and to pioneer new solutions for the world.’
The 3D-printing method can save up to 60% in construction waste, reduce production time by 70% and lower labour costs by 80% – making it one of cheapest, quickest and most efficient ways to raise buildings.