The Office of the Future – a New Paradigm for Construction

Benjamin Piper
Principal, Design Partner
Killa Design, Dubai

This presentation explores the development of the world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D-printed building: The Office of the Future. The presentation condenses the experience of the designers and collaborators in delivering the award-winning project, as a case study example of the adopted use of 3D-printed concrete in building design and construction. The presentation begins with a brief overview of the history of 3D printing in construction and its potential to improve people’s lives, by improving the quality of the urban habitat through adaptive design that reduces project costs in terms of transportation, labor and waste. Next on the agenda, the process of printing the entire structure using an additive concrete “printing” technique. This section describes the structural, functional and aesthetic aspects of the system and the realities of delivering a 3D-printed building project within the given constraints of time and budget.

The presentation demonstrates the use of scripted algorithms to adapt the design according to specific environmental factors, highlighting the need for current construction technology to adapt if such responsive design approaches are to be effectively translated into realizable buildings. The presentation describes how such an approach could be utilized to better respond to the increasing challenges of polycentric urban growth, particularly in constrained sites that severely hamper traditional approaches to design and construction. It concludes by outlining future possibilities for 3D-printed concrete and construction techniques, and emphasizes that, regardless of the technology or the method of construction used, timeless design attributes (such as quality of light, space, proportion, views, privacy, and community) are still central to the enterprise.

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