Welcome to the future. Dubai has successfully built the world’s first 3-D-printed office.
Using a special mixture of cement and other building material, the TV-shaped space, now dubbed as “Office of the Future,” was constructed — or printed, to be precise — in 17 days and assembled in two.
“For the inspiration for the external design, we have limitations to go beyond this because the technology is maturing right now,” Saif Al Aleeli, chief executive officer of Dubai Future Foundation, told Gulf News. “The interior design of the office was made based on studies to basically forecast how the future of the work environment would look like within institutions, which basically includes a lot of collaboration with stakeholders.”
It cost a total of $140,000 in construction and labor to complete the structure.
It is a single-story building, measuring around 250 square meters (2,700 square feet). It was inaugurated this week by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai.
The office is the beginning of the oil-rich country’s long-tem plans to build around 25% of all its buildings using 3-D printing by 2030.