The “Office of the Future” is the most advanced 3D printed building in the world. It is also the first fully functional, inhabited 3D printed building ever. It was inaugurated on May 23, 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“Today we announce the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less than a month of launching Dubai 3D printing strategy,” said Sheikh Mohammed at the inauguration of the building.

The initiative comes as part of Dubai 3-D Printing Strategy, which was launched on April 27th, 2016 and focuses on the development of 3D printing to improve people’s lives. It will tackle three sectors: real estate and construction, medical, and consumer, and commits the Emirates to the use of 3D printing in 25% of its buildings by 2030.

“We see this project as a case study that will provide valuable lessons for the entire construction industry,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “It will also benefit governments around the world as they seek to better understand and take advantage of this important technology.”


The interior of the 250 square metre building (2,500 square feet) has been designed to facilitate a mix of creative interactions, quite reflective work, and serendipitous meetings. This reflects the latest research in 21st century work environments, which finds that the best ideas come from flexible teams, mobile support, and fluid partnerships. To achieve this, the Office has a public cafe, a partnership lounge for exhibitions, events and workshops, a flexible space for team brainstorming and design work, and private meeting rooms for quiet work. These are arranged in a way to encourage mixing of teams and ideas in creative ways.


The “Office of the Future” is first 3D-printed building of its kind. A 3D-printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide was used to print the building. The printer features an automated robotic arm to implement printing process. The entire structure was printed using a giant cement printer, then assembled on site. Printing took 17 days and was installed on in 2 days. Subsequent work on the building services, interiors, and landscape took approximately 3 months.

250 sqr.m 3D printed building

printed in only 17 days

installed on site within 2 days

more than 50% cut in cost