The Museum of the Future, currently being built in Dubai, is one of the most complex buildings in history. The 78-meter-high building occupies seven floors in a circular shell on top of a three-story podium. The façade of the ring consists of 1,024 flame-retardant (FR) composite panels. Each panel is covered with stainless steel, has a unique 3D shape, and incorporates molded Arabic characters. They can also be used as windows in buildings to project daylight through column-free interiors and create dramatic effects at night through 14 kilometers of integrated LED lighting.
The calligraphy and stainless steel exterior walls of Dubai Museum of the Future consist of 17,000 square meters of composite panels, which are made of 1,000,000 square meters of flame-retardant glass and carbon fiber reinforced epoxy prepreg.
Envisioned as an incubator of innovation and invention, the Museum of the Future is considered one of the most advanced buildings in the world, where people can experience and research new technologies. It is also a symbol of architecture, which pushes boundaries through digital design and the use of more effective materials. Parametric design was used to develop an oblique steel structure (a frame composed of 2,400 diagonally intersecting steel members), and a composite concrete floor and 17,000 square meters of composite cladding were installed on the structure, the latter using 1 million square meters of multiaxial glass and carbon fiber reinforced epoxy prepreg.
The Dubai company provided composite design, manufacturing and installation support for the panels. Relevant personnel of the company said: "This is the first time such a project has been carried out. This is also the first time that composite panels have been used to integrate multiple architectural functions through this complex shape."
Integrated LED lighting
The chief architect explained that this complex exterior is usually a rain screen, and the building behind is equipped with a waterproof system. He pointed out: "This simplifies things because it is more forgiving when creating these very three-dimensional forms." However, in this building, the envelope structure plays a role of waterproofing, sealing, structure and lighting. "