Dubai has a booming economy and a buzzing construction industry, I am calling it buzzing because no matter where ever you are in Dubai you can hear the sound of large construction cairns at work. As a matter of fact the small Island city now has more than 20 % of world’s construction cairns working for them. The City of Dubai is also known for its ultramodern architecture, Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and Palm Island (world’s largest Artificial Island) are excellent examples of that. If you think that 3d printing should come naturally to such a city, you have hit the nail on the head.
The City of Dubai now plans to build a 2,000 square feet office building with nothing but 3D printing technology. The proposed building will be located in the heart of the city and would have everything build using 3d printers. When we say everything we are not just referring to external walls, we are also talking about the interiors which would include the furniture’s and fixtures.
The proposed building embarks the recent innovation scheme launched across Dubai known as the ‘Museum of the Future’. This project was announced by the King of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed, and the focus of this project would be to make the city of Dubai and Emirates a global center of technology, architecture and design.
UAE National Innovation Committee chairman Mohamed Al Gergawi said ‘We are keen to use the latest technologies to simplify people’s lives and to serve them better. This project is part of our overall innovation strategy to create new designs and new solutions in education, healthcare and cities. Our goal is to increase the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and to pioneer new solutions for the world. This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai. 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. 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.’
WinSun Global, the Chinese company that was in headlines for making huge 3d printed houses and Mansions in China has been awarded the contract to build this future ready office space. The company has proposed to install construction 3d printers at the planned location and build it from ground up and the company plans to use reinforced concrete, glass fiber reinforced gypsum and special polymers for various parts of the building structure. Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti and Syska Hennessy are some other companies that would be involved in the architecture, engineering and the construction of this building.
Once the 3d Printed building is ready it will be used as a temporary office for the ‘Museum of the Future’. At the announcement of this ambitious project the Dubai’s Ministry of Cabinet Affairs told us that the building will be a ‘testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology.’