Dubai has opened the first 3D-printed office building in the world, which was planned to help develop design and construction technology that reduces costs.
The arc-shaped building on the Emirates Towers premises will house the temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation.
In a joint statement, UAE's Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "We announce today the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less than one month of launching Dubai's 3D printing strategy which showcases a modern model of construction.
"This is an experience we present to the world on utilising future technology in people's lives. It also represents a new milestone for the UAE as a global leader in strategic achievements."
The office space covers 250m², while the exterior reflects a futuristic appearance. The design has been conceived to achieve a shift from conventional work environments and also offers space for exhibitions and workshops, as well as other events.
New features will help it reduce energy consumption, such as window shades to offer protection from direct sunlight.
For construction, a special mixture of cement was used, as well as building materials, which were designed and made in the UAE and the US. The materials have undergone several tests in China and the UK to ensure reliability.
The building has been printed using a 3D-printer which features an automated robotic arm. The 20ft printer measures 120ft long and is 40ft wide.
Other mobile printers were located at the construction site to manage the execution of the project and facilitate the printing processes.
Image: 3D-printed office space covers up to 250m². Photo: courtesy of Government of Dubai.