Locally based Studio Niko Kapa has unveiled designs for the Dubai Maritime Museum and Research Centre.
The centre is an artificial underwater environment of some 41,200 square metres which has been organised under an immense glass roof designed to ensure maximum views of the ocean and to intensify the feeling of diving down to the seabed.
Interior spaces have been organised through a series of cascading platforms, providing visitors with clear views of the open galleries which boast generous heights.
The museum’s collection has been divided into categories such as marine life, marine technology, supervisory material and interactive educational and experimental exhibits, while provision is also being made for aquariums, video projections and digital representations as well as underwater photographic displays.
Natural light enters the main structure through the glass ceiling and as the building sinks, space narrows and the light’s intensity gradually reduces, detaching the building from the surface and making it part of the ocean.