Life and living as we know it will change with Dubai making 3D-printed buildings reality.
Earlier this year, Sheikh Mohammed revealed plans for a $136 million Dubai initiative called the Museum of the Future. He stated in a tweet that it will be “integrated environment empowering creative minds to test, fund and market ideas for futuristic prototypes & services”. That means this architectural wonder will be both a museum and research lab with top of the line robotics and an environment that incubates futuristic ideas. The steel structure even reportedly includes some of Sheikh Mohammed’s own poetry. Now, it has been announced that the Museum of the Future will also construct the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed building to serve as an “office” for its team on the premises. This means everything about architecture and construction will change with Dubai making 3D-printed buildings a reality in the 21st century.
This “office” will be near Dubai’s Financial District and just a 7-minute drive from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made building. It will be 3D-printed from a 20-foot printer that will layer sturdy construction materials such as concrete and plastic polymers together. Essentially, the building will be printed and assembled on site in days.
Below is a video of renderings released earlier this year. This takes a peak inside the Museum’s steel building.
We have long asked what a possible solution is to the world’s housing problem. Some have proposed cargo containers as upcycled affordable living. Many have speculated about 3D-printing but it still seemed intangible. Dubai plans to make it tangible by 2017. Such an innovation will drastically reduce the construction time, labor costs, and amount of construction waste associated with conventional building.
Dubai and its leader are heavily investing monies in technology. It recently funded a “Drones for Good” competition with a $1 million prize for the best humanitarian use of drones. The prize was seized by a collision-proof search-and-rescue model from Switzerland.
Innovations like this will certainly attract even more creative minds to Dubai. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Sotheby’s named the city as a real estate hub for UHNW individuals in their report with Wealth-X.