While the 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam remains Europe’s most awaited 3D printing-construction marvel, Dubai, never to stay behind in the race for the title of the most technologically advanced city on the Earth, is all geared up to host its very own 3D printed construction feat.
The office building for Dubai’s “Museum of the Future” will itself be a testament to the company’s mission, and will be an open plan 3D printed building, covering 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m). The building will be printed layer by layer by a staggering 20 ft tall 3D printer and assembled on site.
The 3D printed office will serve as a temporary headquarters for the Museum. The design of the office building is a conscious step towards improved workplace management and as such, will serve a variety of uses, and will be flexible towards different team sizes; it will also facilitate collaborative tinkering for public and private events. The interior of the building will be a crazy case of 3Dprint-ception, featuring 3D printed furniture, detailing components and 3D printed structural add-ons. Adorning the floors will be a 3D printing exhibition space and a small digital fabrication facility. The brains behind the architecture and engineering of the building are global firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.
Dubai’s first ever 3D printed building is an initiative of the Museum in partnership with Chinese 3D printing technology company, WinSun Global. On its successful printing, the building will be the most advanced 3D printed structure that we knows yet, and the first ever one to be utilized. “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,” says H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs, and Chairman of UAE National Innovation Committee. “We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.”