Dubai is never one to shy away from dramatic and headline-grabbing architecture, and the city's latest plan is to 3D print a 2,000 sq ft office building, creating it layer by layer using a 20ft printer.
The printing will take place off site and then brought to the chosen location, which will be near the city's Museum of the Future and will serve as their temporary HQ.
It will only take a few weeks to assemble once they have the component parts. And as well as 3D printing the pod-like structures they also plan to 3D print the interior furniture, detailing, and structural components.
According to the press release, they see this as just the beginning for using this type of technology in the building industry.
The project marks the beginning of an important transformation in the construction and design sector; the shift to 3D printing and digital fabrication. Although long tested in labs, 3D printing technology is rapidly coming of age. This project will be the most advanced 3D printed structure ever built at this scale and the first to be put into actual use.
Experts estimate that 3D printing technology can reduce production times by 50 to 70 per cent, reduce labour costs by 50 to 80 per cent, and can save between 30 and 60 per cent of construction waste. These savings translate to enhanced productivity, higher economic return, and increased sustainability.
Check out the concept images below.