Innovation Award Finalist: 3D Printed Building

Benjamin Piper
Principal and Design Partner
Killa Design, Dubai

The World’s First Fully Functional and Permanently Occupied 3D Printed Building

The world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed building has been completed in Dubai, UAE. The Office of the Future building is currently the temporary home for the Dubai Future Foundation, as well as an exhibition space and incubator for future emerging technologies in the region.

The structure of the building was manufactured using an additive concrete “printing” technique using a 3D printer 6 meters high, 36.5 meters long and 12 meters wide. The cladding was fabricated using insulated panels, custom cut to form the complex geometry of the façade.

The Office of the Future is being hailed as a first major initiative and a precursor to the Museum of the Future. It is hoped that such projects will create a place that will stimulate and pave the way for the future of technology, science and innovation in the region.