Architecture & Design

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the ceremony to mark the attachment of the final piece to the facade of the Museum of the Future.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the ceremony to mark the attachment of the final piece to the facade of the Museum of the Future.

Museum of the Future marks milestone

November 2020

Dubai’s Museum of the Future has achieved a major construction milestone with the attachment of the last component to its facade, in final preparations for completing the future landmark which embodies the UAE’s unique urban achievements, reported state news agency Wam.

Located in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, the 30,000-sq-m and 77-m-high iconic building has an instantly recognisable shape, epitomised by its futuristic stainless steel façade with illuminated glazed Arabic calligraphy.

Seven floors of exhibition space will showcase innovative and futuristic concepts, services, and products for the future of cities.

The Museum of the Future is a global monument of urban excellence and a quintessential Emirati contribution to delivering a brighter future, remarked HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai at a ceremony to mark the attachment of the final piece to the facade of the Museum of the Future.

“These represent an innovation-driven area that will drive sustainability and advance the development process,” he added, noting that the museum has already gained global fame even before its opening, thanks to its one-of-a-kind design

The torus-shaped building is encased in stainless steel adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Combining elements of exhibition, immersive theatre and themed attraction, the Museum of the Future invites its visitors to look beyond the present and take their place within possible worlds to come.

“A universal architectural icon, the Museum of the Future combines between our authentic Arab culture and far-reaching ambitions. It is a global engineering icon, but speaks the Arabic language,” he added.

The landmark structure was designed by architectural firm Killa Design, which says the primary inspiration of the Museum of the Future was to create a form that represents the client’s vision of the future, where the physical building with its exhibition floors represents our understanding of the “future” as we know it today and for the next five to 10 years. In contrast, the ‘void’ represents what we do not yet know, and that the people who seek the unknown will continue to innovate and discover to help guide humanity towards a better future.

The Museum of the Future comprises three main parts: the green hill, the building and the void.

According to Killa Design, the green hill represents the earth, with solidity, permanence, and rootedness in place, time and history. This is done through the smooth transition from the site in the form of an earthen, vegetated mound with minimal visible built intervention. The inspiration for the green hill was also to elevate the building in a calm and unobtrusive way above the metro line and create greenery in elevation that is uncommon in Dubai where visitors can enjoy while engaging with the museum.

Likewise, the glimmering, futuristic upper building represents mankind, with all of its strength, artistry and ability to create in harmony with its surroundings. This is formed by the bold shape which emerges from the hill, covered with the Arabic calligraphy about the future, and displaying mankind’s passion for the arts and creating.

Lastly, the elliptical void within the upper structure represents innovation. This is done primarily by creating an empty space showing the unwritten future into which humanity, and the world can symbolically look towards. This open and unburdened future is an inspiration which can drive the innovators and creators of today.  

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