By Jason Brick | PSFK
Dubai is going to be home to the first 3D-printed offices; at 2,000 square feet, the space will serve as structural icon of the latest thinking in workplace design
Museum of the Future is a high-tech tourist attraction being constructed in Dubai, inside the United Arab Emirates. Among its futuristic exhibits is a main office made and furnished entirely with 3D-printed components. When finished, this will be the world’s most functional 3D-printed building, built as another example of the UAE’s push toward modern architecture.
When the 3D office launches it will act as a temporary base of operations for staff members of the museum. The building demonstrates the UAE’s dedication to creativity with 3D printing and the future of construction, an opening salvo in its campaign to become a hub for innovation in 3D printing.
According to the Chairman of UAE National Innovation, this will not be the last 3D building.
The building will be 2,000 square feet, and made with components created with a 20-foot tall 3D printer, which will be assembled on-site as with conventional prefabricated construction. All furniture in the building is similarly constructed using 3D printed parts.
This project began due to in-depth research by WinSun Global and designers backed by Dubai. WinSun is the owner of the 20-foot tall 3D printer. The interior will be open, flexible for a range of team sizes and uses. Once the museum offices move into their permanent location, the 3D printed building will become an event venue.
Projections suggest that 3D printing components will reduce construction times by 50 to 70 percent as compared to conventional construction. Additionally, labor costs would likewise fall 50 to 80 percent. What’s more, construction waste saved is an estimated 30 to 60 percent.
As of July, 2015, project leadership has not confirmed a start or finish date for the 3D-printed building. Interested readers can go to the museum website for updates and further details about the conception and execution of this plan.
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