The building is technically listed under a Ramadan tent permit…

Cast your minds back to 2016, when the world’s first ever fully functional 3D printed building hit the record books. Found next to Emirates Towers, the project hit headlines for achieving something never done before, and now it’s causing a stir for another reason.

Dubai Future Foundation recently joined social media platform TikTok, ahead of the opening of Museum of the Future later this year. In a now-privatised series of videos, a member of the Future Foundation team shared some surprising facts about how the 3D printed building was constructed.

At the end of the part one, a shocking secret is shared when he says: “One of the most interesting things is that it turned out to actually be illegal,” before leaving viewers on a classic TikTok cliff hanger, “Follow us for part two”.

In the second part of the series, he explains that “it’s not that we built the building illegally, it’s just that there were no building codes that would allow 3D printed buildings to be built. So, we worked with Dubai Municipality…it turns out the building got a permit as a Ramadan tent.”

Along with these insider secrets, Dubai Future Foundation also shares insights into Dubai, the World, cultural facts, and information about the future of technology.

The Museum of the Future is a unique design shaped like an eye with a hollowed-out middle and covers an area of 30,000 square metres and is 7-stories standing at 77m high. We don’t have an official opening date declared just yet but we will let you know as soon as we know.