Museum dedicated to carbon fiber under construction… in carbon fiber
The new MAE Museum in Piacenza, Italy, developed for carbon fiber specialist MAE, is an exhibition space dedicated to carbon fiber. Designed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and architect Italo Rota, a considerable part of the museum will also be built in carbon fiber.
The use of new and recycled carbon fibers in the building design allows the team to highlight the durability of the material. The building structure is a renovated warehouse, and most of the internal design elements include carbon fiber and acrylic, such as the front doors that open like curtains.
The exhibit will showcase the many uses of carbon fiber, from bicycles to aerospace applications, and allow visitors to learn about the history of scientific developments in carbon fiber production as well as information on other fibers such as synthetic fibers used in post-war Europe.
Photos and other documents are displayed by robotic arms as visitors move through the museum. At the next bend, visitors will observe the carbon fiber processing. Another exhibit showcases the uses of carbon fiber in modern industry, using interactive artifacts and displaying prototypes of innovative carbon fiber parts for the automotive and aerospace industry.
“From high-performance bikes to the Lamborghini Aventador car, carbon fiber is driving innovation in many industries. The MAE Museum celebrates a defining material of modernity, focusing on its new circular frontier and considering new applications for its use, ”said Carlo Ratti, founding partner of the CRA and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . “We are delighted to be working with MAE, a company whose history and know-how pioneered the transition from the original use of acrylic fiber in clothing to the current use of carbon fiber. in sectors as varied as aerospace and automotive.
Additionally, MAE recently announced a collaboration with Leonardo to build a pilot plant at the same location as the museum to produce innovative materials for aerospace and defense.