The United Arab Emirates is always ahead of the pack when matters related to using technology and innovation in architecture are concerned. The country has made announcements about building an entirely 3D-printed office building that comes accompanied by 3D printed furniture and showcasing 3D exhibits. This new project will be entirely different from other 3D designs in the sense that it will be a complete hub for 3D printed jobs with the exterior walls, the furniture, and all the exterior walls being 3D. News about the phenomenal project were made by the National Innovation Committee and the Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
According to Design News, to construct the 2,000 feet square building will be a 20 feet tall 3D printer on the site. The building is to be constructed using Fiber Reinforced Plastic(FRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum(GRC) and Special Reinforced Concrete(SRC). The construction is expected to take just a few weeks because all printing will be 3D. Construction waste will be reduced from 30-60% while labor costs will be reduced from 80-50% significantly. Spearheading the project will be WinSung Global, which has handled other 3D projects including a home and apartment building in China. Top-notch architecture and engineering firms Synska Hennessey, Thorton Thomasetti and Gensler will also join them.
The building comes at a time when the UAE wants to stamp authority as being the world’s tourist attraction center in matters technology and architecture. The building will also show the world that 3D printing technology and creativity can play an integral role in reshaping the design and construction sectors. Being the first project of the kind to be undertaken by the UAE, more and better ones are expected in the near future. The country has already made a name for itself as shifting from being dependent on oil and moving to newer tourist attraction innovations.
Mohammad Al Gergawi holds the Minister of Cabinet Affairs portfolio in the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates. He was born in Dubai in 1963 and completed both his primary and secondary education in the Emirates before proceeding to the University of Eastern Michigan for his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
He has held many political positions such as the first Secretary-General of Dubai’s Executive Council,Vice Chairman of the Services Council for Ministers among many others. He has also made enormous noble contributions in the society like supervising the inception of the Dubai Government Excellence Award among others. Other areas he has made contributions include higher education, business, media as well as contributing in matters regional with notable figures like Tim Cook. Gewgaw has been awarded for his exemplary dedication to his country’s progress in many functions. He has also won himself and his country a number of recognitions especially in matters related to development and innovation.