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 portion of the museum will also be built of carbon fiber.
Using both new and recycled carbon fiber in the design of the building allows the team to highlight the sustainability of the material. The structure of the building is a renovated warehouse and most internal design components include carbon fiber and acrylics, such as the entry doors that open like curtains.
The exhibit will showcase the many uses of carbon fiber, from bicycles to aerospace applications, and will allow visitors to learn about the history of scientific developments in carbon fiber production as well as information about other fibers such as synthetic fibers used in postwar Europe.