Dubai never fails to attract locals and expats from different parts of the world. Home to the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and the Palm Jumeirah, it seems Dubai never seizes to innovate itself.
If you feel that Dubai has nothing else to do after building the world’s largest shopping mall, the tallest tower in the world and first ever artificial island in the world to quench its thirst for innovation, you are wrong.
Those iconic landmarks are just the glimpse to the futuristic identity of Dubai in the UAE and the world. The city is adding some other architectural wonders in the future, and The Museum of the Future is no exception.
As the name suggests, the Museum of the Future will represent the futuristic design and innovation in Dubai and will become the largest oasis for opportunities and trends in the world.
Here’s what else you need to know about this iconic structure –
Facing the iconic Emirates Towers
Currently, the Museum of the Future is being built near the trade center area in front of the Emirates Towers, located off Sheikh Zayed Road.
Design inspired by Feng Shui
Bearing the silver oval shape which is open from the center, this museum has been built and designed as the most complex structure in the world. The round shape of the museum represents ‘sky is the limit’ approach for imagination and fertile lands of the earth. Only the floors cover the horizontal surfaces of the whole building. Everything else you will see is circular or oval.
Stunning exterior surrounded by art and poetry
In The Museum of the Future, the whole exterior has been designed well with inspirational poetry, art and words from the Prime Minister regarding the future in Arabic calligraphy.
The motto “See the Future, Create the Future”
This motto is supposed to be the major concept in the design of the museum making the metaphor and part of the museum coming alive from the prime minister and vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Competition to choose technology leaders
There are 15 companies who will be lucky to exhibit their technologies to improve the visitors’ experience of the museum in The Museum of Future Accelerator. They will need to show their ideas for AI Guides, Advanced Wearables and Social Companions. The winners will cover the whole technical development of the museum.
Made of joint-free panels
The design of the museum complex will also have the 890 unique fiberglass and stainless steel panels without using the joints to hold them with one another. This technique seems to be inspired by the aviation industry to put a smooth design together.
The Museum of the Future was established in the past
In case you didn’t know, this futuristic museum was conceptualized through theme exhibitions at the World Government Summit in 2014 in Dubai. They focused on the technology used in different themes and sectors like healthcare, government services, food security, and climate change. Finally, Dubai is getting its official future-ready museum. This futuristic museum has been conceptualized for over 5 years now and is finally scheduled to open by 2019.
How did they make it possible?
The Museum of the Future, designed by Killa Design, would take a gleaming silver oval shape and it gets the look of an eye looking forward to the growth of this city. The major driving concepts in the overall design are art and metaphor. The museum is the brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
It is well planned to be the epitome of invention and innovation. Unlike the typical museums which hold artifacts of the past, it is a happening place which is full of design studios and innovative facilities. It will have the collection of ideas which are yet to be conceived. The overall design is the dazzling combination of engineering, art, and construction.
It is designed which has taken this project so far. Killa worked with BuroHappold who provided engineering services and Bam International for 4D sequencing in BIM, construction, and capturing reality for visualization, to ensure LEED Platinum status and constructability.
Bourke, who is the part of 28-month plan behind the project, said, “We could verify the constraints and weights from BuroHappold’s design models, to produce 4D sequencing and data, which was also the part of the tender. It was vital to ensure constructability. We stayed with the same on construction, updating them every day, and filling the models that we could handle over as the model of output.”
From conceptual design to construction, the whole process was documented and planned in Autodesk Revit. The team first designed 3D models and work through several possible conflicts in façade, structure, and Mechanical, Engineering, and Plumbing (MEP) systems.
The beautiful façade of the museum is really smooth, without any joint. It took over 890 fiberglass-fused and stainless steel panels fabricated with methods inspired by the aviation industry for assembly. More than just getting an appealing shape, the designers have done all the real work than any typical building.
Killa added, “Those complex surfaces on the buildings are just rain screens. But it is the building made of waterproofing system behind the surface. The external façade would actually be a rain screen, which will be more complex. It was vital to simplify the matters as it is more lenient when it comes to creating the 3D forms. However, the waterproofing, structure, lighting, and air-tightness all have been done in the building with the envelope.”
The interior of the museum had its own hurdles. A double helix, freestanding staircase took some intense and complex manipulation of Revit to make quite a simple model. It was DNA from where the concept of the stairway was designed.
Irrespective of its futuristic design, the Museum of the Future would definitely have a long history and the architects who pushed the limits of engineering will always be remembered. Killa says, “We strive to make very complex structures that weren’t even possible around 20 to 30 years ago. We have various programs but we are well known to design a new perspective of architecture.”