May 16, 2019

How Design Evolves with Proven Products

by Guest Blogger

Once completed, the Museum of the Future in Dubai will be among the most complex and innovative structures that exist on Planet Earth today. It’s been under construction for a few years now, with an expected completion date in 2020.

The Museum of the Future’s operating mission is unlike traditional museums. The goal is for it to be an incubator for futuristic innovation and design, and “a destination for inventors and entrepreneurs from around the world,” as described by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai. He is no stranger to globally recognized structures, either, having overseen the development of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

The structure’s design matches that ambition. The oval shape includes a striking opening near the structure’s center, with a steel façade broken up by thousands of custom-made insulating glass elements to create a unique ornamental form. It was designed by Shaun Killa Design, engineered by BuroHappold and constructed by CAM International. Here’s how Killa describes the design intent:

“The form started to originate through the design of a building that, first of all, looked futuristic; however, I came to understand that the client appreciated the sense of feng shui,” says principal Shaun Killa, who conceived the building’s revolutionary form. In feng shui, a round shape represents both the fertile fields of earth and the limitless imagination of the sky above—therefore, the past, present, and future. While the building would evolve with exhibits of the future of education, health care, smart cities, transportation, government services, and more for the next five or perhaps 10 years, the void in the center of the building represents the unknown, according to Killa. “People who seek what we don’t know are the inventors and discoverers for the future.”

AFFAN Innovative Structures created the steel and glass façade, with insulating glass units utilizing more than 118,000 feet of Super Spacer® TriSeal Premium Plus from Quanex. Its flexibility, structural strength and outstanding thermal performance made it an ideal fit for inclusion in this one-of-a-kind project.

At Quanex, we’re celebrating Super Spacer’s 30th anniversary this year, and projects like The Museum of the Future highlight the continued applicability of this important technology to the most forward-thinking projects happening in the world today. Super Spacer debuted in 1989, offering IG professionals the world’s first no-metal flexible spacer option that truly revolutionized the warm-edge market. As architectural applications like the Museum of the Future grow bolder, only Super Spacer has the established track record of proven performance that stakeholders can trust with its inherent flexibility and superior performance.

Back in 1989, sustainable building was little more than a niche in the global construction market. But today, energy efficiency and sustainability are top priorities for architects and builders around the world who are continuously seeking the perfect balance between energy excellence and aesthetic beauty and precision.

Super Spacer offers the best of both worlds. And since we’ve been doing it for 30 years, only Super Spacer has demonstrated the proof of performance, reliability and thermal excellence that can be trusted to stand up to today’s most demanding designs and efficiency requirements.

In its anniversary year, Super Spacer’s future is brighter than ever. Regulations for energy-efficient construction remain on the rise globally, while ambitious builders and investors are also placing sustainability, with all its facets for new buildings, at the top of their list of priorities. We’re excited to continue delivering on our customers’ most important needs with Super Spacer long into the future.

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Posted: May 16, 2019 by Guest Blogger Filed under: architecture, commercial, design