Architecture – Dubai’s Museum of the Future by UAE studio Killa Design has opened its doors to the world, inviting visitors to explore a series of interactive exhibitions and experience the technologies and trends that will shape the future of humanity.
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Spanning an area of 30.000 square metres, the 77-ft and pillarless structure consists of an elongated ring shape with a void at its centre representing the unknown. The Museum of the Future, MOTF, is situated alongside the main arterial highway beside the driverless metro system, not far from the Burj Khalifa.
1.024 unique stainless steel panels, each specially created by robots and algorithms, compose the building’s facade, which is emblazoned with windows in the shape of quotes by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, all written in Arabic calligraphy. One of the sentences reads: “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”
Inside, MOTF features a 345-seat lecture theatre, workshops spaces and five floors of gallery space containing exhibits dedicated to space exploration, a digital recreation of the Amazon rainforest and prototypes of future products.
The low-carbon project features passive solar architecture through its striking façade, as well as low-energy and low-water engineering solutions with integrated renewable capabilities. The building stands on a garden equipped with a smart, automated irrigation system that features around 100 species of trees and plants, reflecting the UAE’s natural diversity.
The museum “is a ‘living’ laboratory designed to foster a spirit of collaborative innovation among the Arab world’s leading scientists to inspire new out-of-the-box solutions to tomorrow’s greatest challenges and spur a new era of scientific discovery in the region and beyond.”
All images: courtesy of Museum of the Future.