Museum of the Future Dubai
Epoxy flame retardant prepreg for the building façades
The Museum of the Future is being built in the United Arab Emirates actually, where the engineering construction challenges excess limits and gravity. It represents an exceptional combination of engineering, architecture and art: that is the reason why composite materials have been preferred for this structure.
The Museum of the future was strongly desired from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai) and it aims to be an incubator of both innovation and invention. The sheikh explains the concept with these words: “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”
The museum has been projected by Killa Design. It covers a 30.000 sqm area and has a toroidal shape: a shiny silver oval with an open centre overlooking the constantly growing metropolis.
The structure combines exhibition elements, an immersive theatre and thematic attractions to help us to look over the present. Four floors of expansive exhibitions focus on the possible scenarios of resource development, ecosystems and bioengineering, and health, wellness, and spirituality.
In addition, another floor is dedicated to showcasing new technologies which will transform our way of addressing challenges in areas such as health, water, food, transportation, and energy.
Finally, the last floor gives children with their own world to explore, and challenges to complete, on their way to becoming “future heroes”.
The museum features 1024 panels made by a combination of multiaxial glass and carbon prepregs. Each panel covering the façade has black letters, moulded in every single detail. An oddness: the words on the façade represent poems written by Dubai’s major.
Multiaxial prepreg have been laminated in milled moulds numerically controlled before the addition of glass elements, LED lighting systems and stainless-steel superficial finishing. After this procedure, the panels have been delivered for the installation.
The Museum of the Future will officially open in 2021, following the first on line presentation on December 2nd, 2020.