Office of the Future

Office of the Future

Location of Project - City: 
Dubai
Location of Project - Country: 
United Arab Emirates
The Office of the Future was built in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, on January 2016, using 3D- printed concrete elements. The Project is the first 3D printed office in the world. It serves as a temporary office building during the construction of the Museum of the Future. The office is approximately 250 square meters and was printed using a 20-feet tall 3D printer in China. Several precast techniques were adopted in the design and construction of the Office of the Future. The 3D printed cassettes (segments) were shipped and assembled on-site in Dubai. The 3D printed cassettes were supported on cast-in-place concrete strip footing. The assembling and erection of the cassettes were done in just a few days.
Location of Project - City: 
Dubai
Location of Project - Country: 
United Arab Emirates
Project Type: 
Special Project
Completion Date: 
23 May 2016
Size of Project (in m2): 
250
Scope of Work: 
e.construct provided the Structural Engineering Development, Architect of Record, and Construction Management services.
e.construct Services: 
Structural Design
Architect of Record
Construction Management
Credits
Clients: 
Dubai Future Foundation
e.construct Clients: 
Dubai Future Foundation
Consultants: 
Architect: Gensler / Killa
Contractors: 
China Construction / Winsun Global
Special Feature: 

The Office of the Future project was built as part of the Dubai ruler's vision to build the first 3D printed concrete office in the world. It consists of two office spaces that are arranged in a way that open to each other and provide an elegant exterior perspective. The superstructure was 3D printed while the substructure was conventional cast-in-place (CIP) concrete. The superstructure was divided into two parts: bottom and top parts. The shape of each is a U-shape with maximum length, height, and width of 8.9m, 2.1m, and 2.1m, respectively. These dimensions were determined based on the 3D printer and shipping limitations.


Special Feature of e.construct Service: 
In absence of design codes for 3D-printed structures, the design was performance-based. The actual prints were fully tested to a design load equivalent and the final design were adjusted based on the actual print strength and serviceability capacity and behavior.