Designed by local studio Killa Design, the museum stands in a prominent location alongside Dubai’s elevated train line, a short distance from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper – the world’s tallest building.
Designed to be “an architectural and cultural icon”, the museum consists of an elongated ring shape with a void at its centre, sat on a grass-covered mound.
The distinctive form led Dubai ruler and UAE vice president Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to state that the museum is “the most beautiful building in the world”.
Built for the Dubai Future Foundation, the seven-storey building contains a combination of exhibits dedicated to the future and workshops for testing and developing emerging technology.
“The Museum of the Future is a ‘living museum’, constantly adapting and metamorphosing as its very environment drives continual and iterative change to its exhibits and attractions,” said Mohammed Al Gergawi, chairman of the Dubai Future Foundation.
Killa Design‘s museum contains a 1,000-capacity multi-use hall, a 345-seat lecture theatre as well as numerous laboratory spaces.
Five floors of gallery space contain exhibits dedicated to space exploration, a digital recreation of the Amazon rainforest and prototypes of future products.
The 77-metre-high building is supported by a steel structure, developed with engineering studio Buro Happold, which was “digitally grown” using parametric tools.
This structure means that the building has no internal columns.
It is clad in stainless steel with windows in the form of quotes from the emirate’s ruler written in Arabic calligraphy.
The three sentences written on the building say: “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone”; “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create”; and “Innovation is not an intellectual luxury. It is the secret behind the evolution and rejuvenation of nations and peoples”.
This year Dubai is hosting the coronavirus-delayed Expo 2020 Dubai.
The photography is courtesy of Dubai Future Foundation.
Client: Dubai Future Foundation
Architect: Killa Design
Lead consultant (design, site supervision and contract administration): Buro Happold:
Structural engineering, facade engineering, sustainability, building services engineering: Buro Happold
Bridges, transport, infrastructure, geotechnical engineering, access, people flow modelling, fire and life safety, specialist lighting, acoustics, waste and logistics: Buro Happold
Project manager and employers representative: Matthews Southwest
Cost consultant: AECOM
AoR/EoR: Rice Perry Ellis Cracknell (Landscape),
Civils: CDM Smith
Auditorium: Theatre Projects
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