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Dubai’s Museum of the Future: a glance into innovation

Dubai, UAE, 23 November 2021: Museum of the Future Dubai and The Emirates Towers Hotel in the morning or sunrise. Dubai Skyline a view from Sheikh Zayed Road.

Discover how Maccaferri contributed to this eclectic structure, designed through an algorithm and defined as one of the most innovative buildings in the world, that aims to host technologies, projects and discussions bound to shape humanity’s future.

With the aim of supporting UAE’s mission to boost global innovation, in 2015, PM Mohammed bin Rashid launched its plan to build The Museum of the Future, designed by Dubai’s architect Shaun Killa on behalf of Dubai Future Foundation. The unconventional structure has a toroidal shape and it is 77-meter high. Located on the perimeter of the financial district, it has already been ranked in the National Geographic list on the 14 most beautiful museums on the planet.

The Museum is a hub of innovative solutions addressing the challenges of our times in the engineeringhealth and environmental fields, to mention just a few. The expositions are hosted on four floors, while the final one is dedicated to the “heroes of the future”, meaning the children, to whom space has been created where they can solve the challenges in their own way.

The building has been conceived in order to represent Dubai’s vision of the future, by focusing on three main elements: the hill on which the Museum rises that represents the Earth; the structure standing for humankind and the void at the center of the building depicting the unwritten future, rich of potential opportunities. On top of that, the building is covered by lines of poetry written by Mohammed bin Rashid in Arabic, recalling his vision of the future of the city.

Innovation runs in the Museum’s veins also as far as its design. Indeed, the structure has been entirely projected by using BIM technology. To create its peculiar form and cladding, new parametric modeling tools and building algorithms were developed. The designers were thus able to create extremely complex shapes that 20, 30 years ago were hardly possible to design, redefining the traditional idea of architecture. Thanks to the employment of these innovative tools, the result was a diagrid that was optimized under various aspects, allowing cost and time saving for the fabricators.

In this complex project, in 2018, Maccaferri Middle East was chosen as the technology provider for the base of the building, which consists of a green cover system. The structure constitutes the green hill, planned not only to elevate the construction from the metro line, but also to host inside a three-story podium structure with auditorium, cafés, restaurants, retail and car parking. Therefore, it required to be built through a thin cladding of varying slopes rather than being formed as a solid earth hill. As to recreate the different slopes, Maccaferri deployed three different kinds of products: BioMac™ cover, MacWeb geocell and Green Terramesh™. Additionally, in order to easily drain the continued irrigation water, MacDrain™ drainage composite has been employed below the entire surface area of the green cover system.

Considering the avant-garde tools and technologies used, the Museum of the Future not only proposed to offer a wide view on the latest mankind’s inventions, but represents itself an innovation.

Technical highlights

  • Green Terramesh™ 3,500 m2
  • MacWeb 3,000 m2
  • MacDrain™ W 12,500 m2
  • MacMat™ HS 6,000 m2
  • BioMac™ natural 9,000 m2
  • Double Twist mesh 3,000 m2

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