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Extraordinary Museum of the Future turns heads in Dubai

Extraordinary Museum of the Fu...
Described by the Prime Minister of Dubai as the "world's most beautiful building," the Museum of the Future is certainly one of the most striking projects we've seen in a while
Described by the Prime Minister of Dubai as the "world's most beautiful building," the Museum of the Future is certainly one of the most striking projects we've seen in a while
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Described by the Prime Minister of Dubai as the "world's most beautiful building," the Museum of the Future is certainly one of the most striking projects we've seen in a while
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Described by the Prime Minister of Dubai as the "world's most beautiful building," the Museum of the Future is certainly one of the most striking projects we've seen in a while
The Museum of the Future rises to a height of 77 m (252 ft) in central Dubai
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The Museum of the Future rises to a height of 77 m (252 ft) in central Dubai
The Museum of the Future is situated on top of a greenery covered podium that contains over 100 species of local plants and trees
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The Museum of the Future is situated on top of a greenery covered podium that contains over 100 species of local plants and trees
The Museum of the Future's stainless steel exterior features intricate calligraphy with inspirational quotes, such as "The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it. It isn't something you await, but rather create"
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The Museum of the Future's stainless steel exterior features intricate calligraphy with inspirational quotes, such as "The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it. It isn't something you await, but rather create"
The Museum of the Future's exterior has a total of 14 km (8.7 miles) of integrated LED lighting
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The Museum of the Future's exterior has a total of 14 km (8.7 miles) of integrated LED lighting
The Museum of the Future is accessed via its greenery covered podium
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The Museum of the Future is accessed via its greenery covered podium
The Museum of the Future includes an eye-catching lobby that features a spiral staircase and decorative ceiling
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The Museum of the Future includes an eye-catching lobby that features a spiral staircase and decorative ceiling
The Museum of the Future includes multiple exhibits over its seven floors, including some dedicated to inspiring children
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The Museum of the Future includes multiple exhibits over its seven floors, including some dedicated to inspiring children
The Museum of the Future features a large events space
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The Museum of the Future features a large events space
The Museum of the Future includes a wellness zone, which encourages visitors to disconnect from modern technology like smartphones
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The Museum of the Future includes a wellness zone, which encourages visitors to disconnect from modern technology like smartphones
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Dubai isn't exactly lacking in amazing buildings, but the recently completed Museum of the Future is sure to turn heads even in that architecturally innovative part of the world. The building takes the overall form of a big silvery eye and sports an intricate facade that's covered in Arabic calligraphy.

The Museum of the Future was created by Killa Design, in collaboration with engineers Buro Happold, and was commissioned by the Dubai Future Foundation. The building is situated on top of a podium that's envisioned as a green hillside and consists of approximately 100 different drought-resistant local species of trees and plants.

The museum rises to a maximum height of 77 m (252 ft) and its stainless steel and glass exterior is adorned with inspirational quotes penned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which was turned into calligraphy by artist Mattar Bin Lahej.

The exterior is very complex and involved using robots to produce over a thousand different facade panels. It then took around 18 months to install the panels on the building's structural framework. LED lighting also illuminates the building's large void.

The Museum of the Future is situated on top of a greenery covered podium that contains over 100 species of local plants and trees
The Museum of the Future is situated on top of a greenery covered podium that contains over 100 species of local plants and trees

"Standing 77 meters tall, the avant-garde facade is made of stainless steel and glass, consisting of 1,024 separate panels, each one specially created by robots and algorithms," explained a press release by the Museum of the Future. "The number of panels has its own significance. It represents a basic unit of the digital information storage system of computers, which is a kilobyte, and each kilobyte is equal to 1,024 bytes. The Arabic script windows cast light into the interior by day and at night illuminate the city's iconic skyline with 14 kilometers [8.7 miles] of energy-saving, resource-efficient LED lights.

"Due to the building's complex geometry and flowing calligraphy, each separate panel is unique. No two are alike. Each piece had to be individually precast and produced, with numerous prototypes designed and manufactured before a winning formula could be achieved. Every single panel was produced using automated robotic arms. Each panel is made up of four layers and was created following a complex 16-step process. The precision and focus required to create each panel meant that only several could be produced per day."

The Museum of the Future features a large events space
The Museum of the Future features a large events space

The interior of the museum measures 30,000 sq m (322,000 sq ft), spread over seven column-free floors. Visitors enter into a striking lobby area with a decorative ceiling and spiral staircase, from which they can then access multiple floors of museum exhibits and interactive displays. These include an area dedicated to children, another looking at near-future technologies, and an immersive digital recreation of the Amazon Rainforest. The museum is also home to an events space, wellness area, as well as a gift store and restaurant.

While it would be a push to call this huge stainless steel building in sweltering Dubai truly sustainable, it does boast some noteworthy energy efficient features. Collected rainwater and greywater is used for the irrigation of the greenery, while its facade is designed to reduce solar heat gain. Additionally, it gets some of its required power from (unspecified) renewable sources.

Sources: Killa Design, Museum of the Future

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3 comments
3 comments
vince
Looks like the prometheous ship. Perhaps they bettet check for lifepods and 10 foot aliens who built us?
jerryd
A complete waste of money, energy, pollution for ego.
ljaques
I love it. Museums have been famous for using odd shaped buildings, but this one beats them all. It's so unique, it would make its money back even if it were left empty, simply by allowing people to see it, inside and out, from a close vantage point. It's Zaha-level organic, and she's the only modern day architect I can stomach...until now. Well done, Killa Design. I don't read Arabic, but that's beautiful and unique.