Monday 30 March 2020

Dubai’s 'Office of the Future' sets new world record

DUBAI, February 26, 2020

The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) was officially recognised as a new Guinness World Records title holder for building the world’s first 3D-printed commercial building, adding to the over 400 world records the UAE currently holds.

Created with just one printer, measuring 20 ft tall, 120 ft long and 40 ft wide, the construction of the Office of the Future used 50 per cent less manpower than conventional buildings of a comparable size and produced 60 per cent less construction waste.

Overall, it took 17 days to print, two days to install and three months to build, including the landscape and interior design, said the statement from DFF.

The DFF was honoured at a ceremony held at Emirates Towers, Dubai in the presence of its CEO Khalfan Belhoul and Talal Omar, Director – Mena at Guinness World Records, along with foundation’s management and employees.

Today, the office is home to DFF’s Dubai Future Academy, a knowledge hub that seeks to prepare generations of leaders with the skills and tools to understand and adopt emerging technology, as well as address future challenges, it added.

The innovative building benefited from the hard work of many dedicated partners. The original design was drafted by Gensler Architects, then adapted and improved by Killa Design, designers of the Museum of the Future currently nearing completion in Dubai.

Structural engineering was provided by Thornton Tomasetti, eConstruct and Freyssinet. The interior design was developed and built by Projex, the furnishing and office layout was provided by Bene GmbH and the building’s striking landscape was designed by Cracknell, said the statement from DFF.

Advanced materials were provided by BASF, Gulf Precast, NPPF and Golden Elements and its internal systems were designed and provided by Syska Hennessy, China State Construction, Siemens, IT Serve and Huawei, it added.

Commenting on the win, Belhoul said: "The Office of the Future’s success in achieving this global recognition embodies the vision of the UAE leadership and their innovative spirit in realising the importance of adopting emerging technology such as 3D printing and using it in the development of vital sectors and the creation of new economic opportunities, further positioning Dubai and the UAE as a hub for innovation and a testbed for emerging technologies."

"The country and its leaders are true pioneers that revolutionise industries such as construction. As the global authority on breaking records, we have constantly seen fascinating ways that the world is changing, and today is another example of that," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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