Prepared by: Hisham Mokhaneh
The New York Times has published a long article in which he talks about the latest art icons that have joined the list of precious architectural masterpieces in the Emirate of Dubai, which is the “Museum of the Future”.
The newspaper said, along the 14-lane Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, between the skyscrapers and the metro on its elevated lane, and in front of international brands, an elliptical nine-storey building is taking shape that marks the legacy in its curves. of past years.
It’s the Museum of the Future, the icon in Dubai, and it was officially opened to the world last month at a cost of $ 136 million, to give visitors a glimpse of tomorrow. In a stark example of how buildings will be designed and put together amidst a blend of human skills and digital power for decades to come.
Some described it as a giant eye, others a donut, while The Architects described it as the ring of the giant woodcutter and the folk hero in American folklore, Paul Bunyan.
The newspaper reported that this 320,000-square-foot building has no supporting columns for the structure, and rather rests on a grid of 2,400 steel tubes that intersect diagonally in its outer frame, with slabs of concrete floors, and about 189,000 square feet. footplates The exterior of stainless steel is adorned with a message of hope for the future of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, who was inspired to develop the museum from his vision of the emirate as a center of innovation.
The message was engraved on the facade of the museum in an Arabic script designed by Emirati artist Matar Bin Lahej. The cracks between the letters and words created windows that let the flash of sunlight creep into the building during the day, as well as the LED lighting that draws the shapes of these windows at night.
“I see the building as the future, but the calligraphy is the legacy of our country, and I had to make something of the future out of the past,” the New York Times quoted Bin Lahej as designing the variety of italics used. on the walls of the Museum of the Future.
The museum contains six floors with exhibits looking forward to life in the year 2071, including a spacecraft called “OSS Hope”, the same name the UAE gave to its spacecraft currently visiting Mars. It also features an exciting digitally recreated painting of the unique Amazon rainforest. There is also a children’s area, a theater with seating for 345, and a top floor for meetings and important events that can accommodate about a thousand people.
The newspaper touched on the efforts made by the architectural firm “Kila Design” and the engineer, Sean Killa, who made this remarkable building in Dubai, where he said: “It all started with a computer algorithm, and as soon as “the final design was chosen., we used 3D programs to set the line on the roof of the building. Then we had to make sure to secure more than 1,000 diagonal steel knots.” From this point on, the innovative Dubai-based Affan Constructions designed the exterior panel moldings for the museum.
For Tobias Pauli, project manager for the museum of the British engineering consulting firm Borough Happold, the project’s brilliance was a mixture of digital fiction and real life. Finally, each panel on the outside of the museum is a composite of fiberglass-reinforced plastic and steel. Calligraphy gaps, often three to eight feet wide, have created hundreds of different shapes on which identical glass panes have been affixed.
The New York Times added, citing Majid Ateeq Al Mansouri, deputy executive director of the Dubai Future Foundation, which operates the Museum of the Future: very similar to making advanced boats and with techniques similar to aircraft wings using the latest digital technology. We had to make sure that the façade was strong enough to withstand various climatic conditions, wet weather and dust over the coming years. ” Al Mansouri added: “We then had to make sure that each steel plate could be adjusted to fit perfectly on the panels next to it, and that the facade components could be easily replaced.”
The building’s interior, made of white plaster and insulation, helps protect visitors from the heat and humidity in summer. In this context, Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The plaster layer also helps people to focus on the laser that adorns the Arabic calligraphy, this layer serves to shade everything else, such as the brightness of stainless steel. . ” He pointed out that “technology and automation painted every piece in this museum, but at the time of the actual installation, the role of human competencies was greater than machines. This feeling was echoed in every detail of the museum, from the first algorithm to the last piece of plaster. ”