The window decorations are intricately 3D mapped onto the curving skin in the style of Arabic calligraphy, based on the Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed’s statements. The Museum of the Future was designed with the goal of creating a form that embodies the client’s image of the future, with the physical building and exhibition levels representing our knowledge of the “future” as we know it today and in the next 5 to 10 years. The ‘void,’ on the other hand, depicts what we do not yet know, and that those who explore the unknown will continue to invent and discover in order to guide humanity toward a brighter future, so refilling the MOTF in a continuous cycle.
The Museum of the Future will be an expressive and dynamic icon, occupying a superb location near to the Emirates Towers. The green hill, the building, and the emptiness are the three fundamental components of the Museum of the Future.
The ground is represented by the green hill, which has solidity, permanence, and a sense of place, time, and history. This is accomplished by creating a seamless transition from the site in the form of an earthen, vegetated mound with minimal building intervention. The green hill was also designed to elevate the building above the metro line in a peaceful and discreet manner, as well as to provide vegetation in elevation, which is uncommon in Dubai, for people to enjoy while engaging with the Museum.
Similarly, the gleaming, futuristic upper structure reflects humanity in all of its might, artistry, and ability to create in harmony with its surroundings. This is shaped by the bold shape that emerges from the hill, which is covered in Arabic calligraphy about the future and displays humanity’s passion for the arts and creation.
Finally, the upper structure’s elliptical emptiness signifies innovation. This is accomplished mostly by creating an empty space that represents the unwritten future into which mankind and the rest of the planet might stare metaphorically. The innovators and creators of today can be inspired by this wide and unburdened future.
The Museum is not only a visual and cultural beacon, but also a trailblazer in terms of modern technology. The building embodies the future through revolutionary design ideas, execution, and construction as a 17,000m2 torus-shaped building wrapped in stainless steel, obtaining LEED Platinum status, and developed holistically through BIM at every design stage. The building’s design is a low-carbon civic structure that incorporates several architectural advances such as parametric design, passive solar architecture, low-energy and low-water engineering solutions, energy and water recovery systems, and building integrated renewables.
Above a three-story platform and a F+B deck with auditorium, retail, parking, and services, the 78-meter-high structure houses six exhibition and one administration floors above a three-story podium and a F+B deck with auditorium, retail, parking, and services. Overall, the design’s distinguishing elements will create a timeless monument that will serve as a model for all future low-carbon buildings in the UAE.
The Museum of the Future will be a destination for the greatest and brightest inventors and entrepreneurs, delivering an integrated environment empowering creative minds to test, fund, and market ideas for futuristic prototypes and services as a design and innovation institution. It will bring together inventors, designers, and researchers to demonstrate a variety of technologies, as well as serve as an incubator for new ideas and designs, a catalyst for innovation, and a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs.