Office of the Future
Killa Design (along with Gensler) has developed the world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed building in Dubai, UAE. The Office of the Future building is currently the temporary home for the Dubai Future Foundation as well as an exhibition space and incubator for future emerging technologies in the region. The entire structure was printed in concrete using an additive manufacturing technique. It is truly the first fully occupied building in the world to be constructed using such techniques.
We made use of a structural bay developed by Gensler in association with Thornton Tomasetti to create the office complex comprising a gallery space, reception, public and private meeting space. As part of our wider initiative to be involved in the most cutting edge and innovative projects, we made use of a super insulated cladding system constructed using computer controlled manufacturing techniques to create the unique form of the building.
Unique in its design and modularity, the office has been hailed as ‘a ground breaking example of computer controlled fabrication’ in building construction.
The structure of the building was manufacturing using an additive concrete ‘printing’ technique using a 3D printer 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide. The cladding was fabricated using insulated panels custom cut to form the complex geometry of the façade.
The Office of the Future is being hailed as a first major initiative and a precursor to the Museum of the Future (also designed by Killa Design). It is hoped that such projects will create a place that will stimulate and pave the way for the future of technology, science and innovation in the region.