Joanne McIntyre - 12 November 2015
Built in the shape of a massive lotus flower the external stainless steel composite material of the Singapore Art Science Museum is both durable and beautiful.
Located in the centre of the business district of Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is a major Asian destination in terms of business, amusement and entertainment. The Art Science Museum, a distinctive structure designed in the shape of an open lotus flower, is situated on the edge of the Singapore River, at the foot of the Marina Bay Sands Resort.
The material selected for the outer panels of the Museum is ALPOLIC/fr SCM from Mitsubishi Plastics. Stainless Steel Composite Material (SMC) is composed of a non-combustible mineral filled core sandwiched between 0.3mm thick stainless steel sheets. The total thickness of the panels is 4 mm. The surface of the panels has been bead blasted to achieve the desired finish.
Stainless steel SUS 316 was adopted for surface material, while grade 304 was chosen for the backing of the panels. With the use of these composite sheets, upscale designs and high corrosion resistance have been realized at a weight considerably lower compared to all-stainless sheets. In total 17,000 kg of stainless steel was used in the external cladding of the Museum.
The beautiful outer appearance and superb functionality of the Museum work to emphasize the advantages of stainless steel. The composition of plastics and stainless steel can help overcome draw-backs in terms of heavy and difficult to handle panels. Mitsubishi developed SCM with the aim of contributing to expanding applications as well as achieving sales in construction projects and other areas.
Read the full article in Stainless Steel World.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands Art Science Museum. Photo copyright ©Mitsubishi Plastics