Office of the Future

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Other Architecture
Firm LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
CompanyKilla Architectural Design
Lead ArchitectKilla Design
Design TeamBen Piper Hatem AlKhafaji Nedal Machou
ClientDubai Future Foundation

Killa Design has developed the world’s first
fully functional and permanently occupied 3D
printed office in Dubai. Office of the Future
building is currently the home for the Dubai
Future Foundation as well as an exhibition
space and incubator for future emerging
technologies in the region. The initiative
comes as part of a Dubai 3-D printing strategy
launched on the same year, which focuses on
the development of 3D printing to improve
people’s lives in the construction and medical
sectors.
The entire structure of the building was
manufactured using an additive concrete
‘printing’ technique using a 3D printer 20
feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide. The
printer features an automated robotic arm to
implement the printing process which lasted 17
days and was installed on site in two days.
Subsequent work on the building services,
interiors, and landscape took approximately
three months. As a result of this innovative
construction technique, the labour cost was
cut by more than 50% compared to conventional
buildings of similar size, and wastage on site
was minimised which helped to reduce the
overall environmental footprint of the
project.