Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Future Academy was launched as the capacity building arm of the Dubai Future Foundation in 2017. The Dubai Future Academy supports Dubai by developing learning opportunities and through collaborations with world-class education providers to become fast, agile, and sustainable.
Dubai Future Academy’s office is the world’s first 3D-printed commercial building. The building took 17 days to print and 3 months to build and adjust the interior design. The building required 50 percent less manpower to complete when compared to traditional methods of building.
It measured at 6m high, 36.57 m long, and 12.19m wide and was created with just one 3D printer. The UAE is well on its way to becoming a major incubator of innovation and future technology in the world, and Dubai particularly, has showed no signs of slowing down. In line with the UAE’s Vision 2021 program, the Dubai government has devised a bold strategy to be the world’s most innovative city by 2021.
Inaugurated in 2016, the Office of the Future is the first 3D-printed building of its kind and launched as part of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. While other projects have tested various elements of 3D printing before, the Office is the first real building to be built at scale, with full services, that people can use daily to create breakthrough projects and initiatives with partners around the world that can help shape the 21st century for the better.
The building benefited from the hard work of many dedicated partners. The original design was drafted by Gensler Architects, then adapted and improved by Killa Design; designers of the Museum of the Future currently nearing completion in Dubai. Structural engineering was provided by Thornton Tomasetti, eConstruct and Freysinett. The interior design was developed and built by Projex, the furnishing and office layout was provided by Bene GmbH and the building’s striking landscape was designed by Cracknell. Advanced materials were provided by BASF, Gulf Precast, NPPF and Golden Elements and its internal systems were designed and provided by Syska Hennessy, China State Construction, Siemens, IT Serve and Huawei. The building is a testament to what can be accomplished through collaboration and dedication to a common goal.
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