Government, UAE

Dubai bags new Guinness World Record for 3D-printed office

Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has officially been recognised as a new Guinness World Records title holder for building the world’s first 3D-printed commercial building.

The occasion added to the massive number of over 400 world records the UAE currently set.

DFF’s Office of the Future was awarded the prestigious Guinness World Records certificate for building up the “First 3D-Printed Commercial Building” in the world at a ceremony held at Emirates Towers, Dubai, which was attended by Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation and Talal Omar, Director – MENA at Guinness World Records along with Foundation’s management and employees.

The building was built with just one printer which measured 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide, the construction of the Office of the Future used 50 percent less manpower than conventional buildings of a comparable size and produced 60 percent less construction waste. Overall, it took 17 days to print, two days to install and three months to build, landscape and interior design.

Today, the office is home to DFF’s Dubai Future Academy (DFAc), a knowledge hub that seeks to prepare generations of leaders with the skills and tools to understand and adopt emerging technology, as well as, address future challenges that are facing our world today.

Khalfan Belhoul said, “The Office of the Future’s success in achieving this global recognition embodies the vision of the UAE leadership and their innovative spirit in realizing the importance of adopting emerging technology such as 3D Printing and using it in the development of vital sectors and the creation of new economic opportunities, further positioning Dubai and the UAE as a hub for innovation and a test bed for emerging technologies.

“Since its launch, the Office of the Future has contributed to enhancing the awareness of the importance of 3D printing technology, which is seen as a promising sector that provides billions of dollars in investment opportunities. It has also formed the first initiative aimed at achieving the outputs of the Dubai 3D printing strategy launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to develop a global model that can be applied anywhere around the world,” he added.

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.

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.

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