The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced a new project that will be headed by the country’s National Innovation Committee. This project, a fully 3D-printed office building, will be built in Dubai’s city center, and is being called “The Museum of the Future”. Design News, a website featuring design and engineering stories, has reported on the new project here. After reading the article, I felt that I had a pretty good understanding of the new project.
This ambitious development project is being organized and run by the UAE’s National Innovation Committee. The chairman of the Committee, H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, has a long and successful history in design, business, and politics. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in the United States with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Al Gergawi went on to become very involved in UAE politics.
Since then, Al Gergawi has made numerous contributions to politics and development in the UAE. His achievements and contributions range from establishing the Dubai Institute for Human Resource Development to playing a critical role in creating the Dubai Autism Center to chairing the Dubai Smart City committee. Now, one of his most recent achievements is chairing the committee that is leading the 3D-printed office building project. Al Gergawi’s excitement for this project is evident in his press release regarding the project, in which he states “We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.”
The project itself is quite interesting, and will definitely be one worth following as it progresses. A 20-foot tall 3D printer will be used to create everything in a 2,000 square-foot office building, from the walls and floors to the furniture and decorations. A variety of materials will be used in this project, most notably special reinforced concrete, fiber reinforced plastic, and glass fiber reinforced gypsum. One of the most important things to remember about this project is that, compared to a project of similar scale, the Museum of the Future will only need a few weeks of construction, will allow for a 50-80% reduction in labor costs, and will generate 30-60% less wasted material.
The Museum of the Future project will be led by WinSun Global (who have 3D-printed a home and an apartment building in China), who will be joined in the project by the architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy. H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi and the National Innovation Committee hope that this project will bring attention to the UAE as a country focused on development. At the very least, it will be an interesting project to watch.