The Museum of The Future

An Eye for the Future

An architectural marvel which thrusts its visitors into 2071, The Museum of The Future is an experimental space showcasing the infinite blend of human skill and digital power. Located amid the city’s cascading skyscrapers on the edge of the financial district, this cultural destination is the envisioned future of Dubai and the UAE.

This masterpiece of design is the brainchild of award-winning architect Shaun Killa whose continued focus is on creating innovative buildings that are timeless, environmentally sustainable, and contextually inspired. This project has pushed every boundary of design and consequently broken records and won awards before it even opened its doors into the future. More than just a cultural icon, this impressive sculptural object represents the UAE’s Prime Minister’s vision of the future and dedication to innovation and inspiration for the art, design, science and technology world, all in one embodiment.

Ranked in the top 14 most beautiful museums in the world, TMOF is the first of its kind when it comes to ambitious architectural planning. Incorporating cutting-edge engineering and design, the museum holds one of the most complex construction projects to date. Its stainless-steel façade, extending over 17,000 square meters, consists of 1,024 plates manufactured entirely by robots. Technology and creativity are in total harmony, giving us an insight the magic that can happen when real and nd virtual worlds collide. 

The Museum of The Future boasts three main elements:

The Green Hill: Symbolic of Mother Earth, representing the museums roots in place, time and history

The Torus Shape: Represents mankind’s ability for evolotuion in both design, construct and methodologies

The Void: Representing the ‘unknown’, the power of discovery, the need for new ideas to help guide humanity to a better, brighter future

Our favourite design feature? The exterior. Wrapped in 14 kilometers of Arabic calligraphy designed by Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej, this iconic landmark and world wonder is as outstanding from the outside, as it is on the inside. A collection of Sheikh Mohammed’s most iconic quotes make up the outstanding exterior artwork, including

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“We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone,”

“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it… The future does not wait… The future can be designed and built today.”

In addition to this, the calligraphy incisions creates windows in the facade, allowing flashes of sunlight into the building during the day and, and illumination at night thanks to LED’s built into the panels. A beauty for every time of day, from every angle, for everyone.

Inside, the 1,800 square metre lobby welcomes you to 6 floors of design technology and life in the future, highlighting Dubai’s priority for continued advancements across every aspcect of life and business. Three panoramic bullet elevators ascend through the full height of the building, highlighting the volumetric scale of the atrium space and invoking pure excitement as one comprehends the complexity of the structure itself.

The exhibits themselves are visionary, including an immersive experience of viewing Earth from 300 kilometers away, in amongst the stars. Travel off-planet to the OSS Hope space station where you can discover what new technology has to offer in 2071. There you are an interactive participant in the Sol Project, a global mission to use lunar photovoltaic (PV) energy cells harvested on the moon to create a new energy source for earth.

Upon return from OSS Hope, visitors can explore the Heal Institute where the issue of climate change is explored in a novel way. The impressive Vault of Life acts like a virtual 3D DNA library of 2,400 species found on earth.

Sustainability plays a huge role, not only in the design but the function itself with some energy efficicent features.

Powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy in collaboration with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the museum will be the first of its kind in the Middle East to obtain a Platinum Certification for Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design, the highest rating for green buildings in the world.

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 renewable sources.

The sheer bravado of this whole idea emphasizes that it is the risk takers who own the future. Embrace it. Create it. Remember it.