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18th February 2019, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

3D facade panels for Museum of the Future

Each panel is unique in shape as the Arabic calligraphy covering the facade is moulded into each individual panel. © Notus Composites

Each panel is unique in shape as the Arabic calligraphy covering the facade is moulded into each individual panel. © Notus Composites

Notus Composites will supply the fire retardant prepregs for the 3D facade panels of the Museum of the Future in Dubai. In a region that is renowned for pushing the limits in architectural designs, The Museum of the Future in Dubai is one of the most complex composite projects to date, adding a unique new silhouette to the Dubai Downtown skyline.

“A building with this complexity has never been done before - not with this shape of the facade and the superstructure,” said Derek Bourke, BIM manager for construction firm BAM International.

The building has been designed by architectural firm Killa Design, UAE, engineered by BuroHappold and with BAM International as the main contractor. Notus Composites, an innovative prepreg solutions provider in the UAE and Affan Innovative Structures, UAE, will work together to provide the materials and finished composite panels that will make up the exterior cladding, using more than 600,000m2 of multiaxial glass and carbon prepreg.

Due to open in 2019, the museum’s construction is moving fast and the first 200 of the 1020 cladding panels have been installed. The project combines lightweight carbon and glass fibre prepregs, whose fire performance has been approved by the Dubai Civil Defence (DCD), with a stainless-steel outer cladding to produce the stunning outer skin of the torus shaped building.

Each panel is unique in shape as the Arabic calligraphy covering the facade is moulded into each individual panel, with the black letters also acting as glass windows in the facade. 

Due to open in 2019, the museum’s construction is moving fast. © Notus Composites

Due to open in 2019, the museum’s construction is moving fast. © Notus Composites

The multiaxial prepregs are laminated in CNC milled moulds at Affan’s factory in Dubai, before glazing and finishes are added, and the panels are delivered to site for installation.

Notus Composites, a relatively new entrant to the prepreg market in 2015 and winner of the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Business Excellence Award for Best New Startup, is especially well known within the ME region for its products’ fire performance. Its epoxy and phenolic prepregs have been tested and certified to all of the key architectural industry standards and the company is the only prepreg manufacturer in the world whose epoxy FR materials have successfully passed the challenging NFPA 285 test in accordance to DCD standards.

“We are pleased to be working together with Notus Composites on this prestigious project. The company’s local presence, ability to quickly customize products and DCD approved fire resistance solutions make them a strong and reliable partner. We look forward to continuing our cooperation on more projects in the nearby future,” said Dr Affan, CEO of Affan Innovative Structures.

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