Dubai has big plans to take the global lead in architecture and related technologies. It already hosts the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Its next move isn’t about building tall or building big; instead its focusing on a bold step toward building smarter. Dubai’s Museum of the Future plans to build the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed building. The project is the first major initiative of the “Museum of the Future” launched earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.

dubai museum of the future 3d printed office

dubai 3d-printed building

This new 3D-printed “office” building will be fabricated from a 20-foot printer. That printer will layer sturdy materials: special reinforced concrete (SRC), fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) and glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GRG). Layer upon layer will happen until the result is a functional, free standing building. It will be printed and assembled on site with a days.

dubai 3d-printed building

Experts within the industry estimate that 3D-printing can largely reduce the cost of housing and commercial properties. It could even be a solution for housing the world’s homeless and eliminate slums. Estimates state production time of buildings can be cut by 50 to 70 percent. Labor costs can be reduced by 50 to 80 percent. It can even save between 30 to 60 percent in construction waste.

The project is a collaboration between Dubai and WinSun Global along with leading global architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.