Deciduous - 3D Printed Pavilion

Deciduous - A 3D Printed Pavilion

Designed by MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) for DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center), Deciduous is a 3D printed pavilion that invites us to revisit our relationship with nature, through an experience reminiscent of walking through an abstracted botanical form.

Building on MEAN’s experiments with 3D printing in design, the pavilion is an exploration in scaling processes to the architectural realm.

Deciduous is composed of a hybrid of 3 different sustainable materials: CNC-milled Birch plywood flooring, Robotically 3D-Printed Concrete Base, and a series of branching 3D-Printed PETG stems, a plastic polymer up-cycled from 30,000 discarded water bottles.

In light of Dubai’s focus on 3D printing as a sustainable technology, the hybridization of state-of-the-art Robotic 3D printing in Plastic and Concrete is a first attempt to explore the possibilities that the two technologies can offer, contributing to the emirate’s vision of ecological construction growth towards 2025.

Deciduous is designed to come together in interconnected parts, and is completely prefabricated off-site. The parts can be mechanically joined on a clean site with no need for heavy machinery. Computational modeling was used to conceive and quantify the design to a level of detailing optimal within the parameters and constraints of Large Format Robotic 3D Printing.

In the field of botany, the term ‘deciduous’ refers to trees that seasonally shed leaves, usually in the autumn. Celebrating this year’s ‘Art Nights’ event at DIFC with the theme ‘Autumn’, Deciduous entices us to ask ourselves, what does Autumn mean to Dubaians today?

  1. Type
  2. Client
    DIFC (Dubai International
    Financial Center)
  3. Size
    48 sqm
  4. Location
    Dubai, UAE
  5. Status
  6. Lead Architect
    Riyad Joucka
  7. Team
    Wael Nasrallah,
    Muhammad khalid
  8. Event Coordination
  9. Polymer 3D Printing
  10. 3D Printing Contractor
  11. Polymer Filament Supplier
  12. Concrete 3D Printing
  13. Concrete Supplier
  14. CNC Plywood Fabricator
    Lesly Lobo
  15. Photos + Video
  16. Date


Conceptual Drawings Showing 'Deciduous' in Plan, Section and Elevation.


Diagram Showing 'Deciduous' Construction Process and Parts.

Video Documenting The Construction Process.


Video Documenting 'Deciduous' Fabrication, Construction and Exhibition.

Detailed Photos Showing Varies Elements of 'Deciduous' Pavilion.