When a new iconic building opens somewhere in the world, Rimex Metals Group, a global manufacturer of specialised metal finishes, is in the picture more often than not. The Museum of the Future, recently opened in Dubai, is no exception. Standing 77 metres high, the windowless building is shaped like a giant silver egg with a hole in the centre and the façade is made up of 1,024 pieces of stainless steel supplied by Rimex. This stainless steel façade is embellished with Arabic calligraphy, cleverly harmonising the modernity of this impressive building in the financial district with the cultural background of its location, as conceived by Dubai-based architects Killa Design. The calligraphy symbolises the human passion for creative expression and the arts and is actually a series of quotes about visions of the future written by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Rimex Metals stainless steel panels are 316 BA Stainless Steel 6WL finish, manufactured at their factory in Enfield, North London. The panels have dimples and grooves to avoid any dangerous magnification of the desert heat reflected off them and the resultant possibility of burning objects in the building’s vicinity. Uplift from treacherous wind vortexes is avoided by the inscriptions covering the façade, which serve as stabilising air pockets. Additionally, 316 Grade stainless steel has high corrosion resistance and lifespan benefits alongside its obvious aesthetic appeal, which is especially evident when stunningly illuminated by the 14km of LED lighting at night. Rimex stainless steel was specified by Killa Design with all of these multiple advantages in mind.
As its name suggests, the Museum of the Future is not a typical museum, displaying artefacts from bygone eras. Rather, it seeks to take the visitor on a journey, via exhibitions and displays, to what the world might look like in 50 years’ time. Inside, there are seven floors but no internal pillars, making it an engineering masterpiece. A striking white spiral staircase rises up through the floors.
The museum is a model of sustainability. The whole of the surface is made of glass developed with the latest technologies that provide improved thermal quality of interior and exterior isolation. The Rimex Metals 316 BA Stainless Steel panels on the façade have a long lifespan and as Rimex Group Sales Director, Nick Barnes points out, “the material consists of up to 84% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable”.
Barnes identifies with one of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s quotes in particular as it relates to the ethos of many of the projects for which Rimex Metals supplies stainless steel worldwide. It is manifested in the Arabic calligraphy on the outside of the building and reads: “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.”
Rimex Metals UK Ltd