Office of the Future

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Other Architecture
Firm LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
CompanyKilla Architectural Design
Lead DesignerKilla Design
Design TeamBen Piper Hatem AlKhafaji Nedal Machou

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.