Dubai is home to some of the most wonderful structures ever built in the world. The latest addition to this ever-growing list is The Museum of the Future. Located along with the city’s elevated, driverless metro system near of the Financial District, it has piqued everyone’s interest.
Designed to honour and trumpet human advancement and the invention that steers humanity into the future, this new cultural attraction in the UAE flips the concept of a museum on its head. It is encased in an eye catching spherical-shaped edifice covered with Arabic calligraphic lettering. Instead of housing historical artifacts, it is an experimental facility praised as a centre to influence humanity’s future.
Known as the beacon of hope, the Museum of the Future is a place where visitors will find inspiration for creating a better world. It will urge people to commit themselves to create a more sustainable future. The museum represents the UAE vice president’s vision to inspire and empower individuals to crave a pathway for the progression of humanity.
The Museum of the Future promotes technological advancements and innovation, particularly in artificial intelligence and robotics, through exhibitions, public events, films, and publications. The theme is to depict possible solutions for resolving global issues.
The developers inaugurated the Museum of the Future on 22 February 2022. Since then, the UAE vice president Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum dubbed it “The most beautiful building in the world”.
The brainchild of Dubai Future Foundation and architect Shaun Killa of Killa Design designed the structure “as an architectural and cultural landmark.” And he stood true to his words! Its dazzling and shimmering volume is as memorable as it is spectacular. The architect created its flowing form with computer-aided design, utilizing cutting-edge technology in volume shaping and futuristic architectural concepts to achieve his aim. The outcome is a mind-blowing 77m high seven-storey toroidal structure constructed without the aid of a single column.
The gleaming Museum of the Future is encased in stainless steel panels created by robots, who also created the design that makes up its skin. The skin features lines of Arabic calligraphy reflecting poetry written by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the future.
The calligraphy meaning revolves around the following words, “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the results of our creativity may leave a legacy long after we are gone,” they state. “The future belongs to those who can dream, create, and execute it. It’s not something you wait for, but rather something you produce,” they add. Finally, the last carries the meaning: “Innovation is not an intellectual luxury. It is the key to the evolution and rejuvenation of nations and peoples”.
Most importantly, the cursive inscriptions also serve as the museum’s windows. By day, they cast dappled light across the column-free interior. At night, 14 kilometers of LED lighting will illuminate them dramatically.
The Museum of the Future not only serves as visual and cultural light but also establishes new inventive benchmarks. The building embodies the future via revolutionary design ideas, execution, and construction as a 17,000m2 torus-shaped structure wrapped in stainless steel. It obtained LEED Platinum status and developed integrally through BIM at every design step.
Furthermore, the design is a low-carbon civic architecture accomplished via the application of various design breakthroughs. The structure exhibits innovative building management technologies, greywater recycling systems, and regenerative drive lifts.
Meanwhile, the offsite photovoltaic solar arrays cover its power requirements. Visitors can also charge their electric vehicles while exploring the museum. Moreover, it has limited parking space, designed to motivate the use of public transportation.
The Museum of the Future demonstrates three main parts briefly explained below:
The shows at the museum promote sustainability. Climate change, outer space, and the evolution of healthcare and wellness have whole floors devoted to them. The exhibit discusses the impact of global warming on important ecosystems and ways to heal them. Also, it investigates how solar energy collecting in space and asteroid mining will help mankind, and it will even touch on the question of spirituality.
To create an interactive theatre experience, the designers employed a variety of technologies, including augmented reality and virtual reality, to push the visitor forward into the future. Hence, the Museum of the Future is not where you’ll find things in cases with labels next to them. There will be no labels in many of the main galleries. It will be a truly immersive experience that requires the visitor as a vital participant in the environment rather than a passive observer of someone else’s endeavours.
The Museum of the Future speaks of the importance of humans in a sustainable future. It offers an integrated environment, empowering young minds to test, fund and market novel ideas! Hence, the world can see it as an incubator for innovation.
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