As part of a partnership with Chinese 3D printing technology firm WinSun, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced plans for the first 3D printed office building to be built in Dubai. In a statement, Mohammed al-Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, says “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 the construction and design sectors.”
The building — and its furniture — will be printed using a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic and a six-metre-high 3D printer. Dubai’s one-storey prototype building, with about 185 sq m (2,000 sq ft) of floor space, will be printed layer-by-layer. It would then be manufactured on site in a matter of weeks. The office will then serve as temporary headquarters of the ‘Museum of the Future’ and will be big enough to accommodate 16 people.