Design & Architecture

The Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future

The future is here

Words by Ankita Bhowmick in Design & Architecture · Oct 27th, 2019

One of the highly anticipated upcoming projects of Dubai, torus-shaped The Museum of the Future is all set to open its door for the first time in 2020. It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, next to the Emirates Towers & DIFC and explores the future of science, technology and innovation by taking the guests on a trip to 2035. 

The museum will showcase the way by which technology could evolve to enhance our bodies and minds and also explore the role that technology might play in the social and family lives of people. It will also help discuss how technology can help us manage complex social and economic systems. Shaping the future of robotics and artificial intelligence, and their impact on human life, the museum also lets the visitors have an interactive experience.

The three underlying themes that the museum focuses on are how robots and artificial intelligence improve human mental and physical capabilities, the relation between humans and robots and lastly on how the development of artificial intelligence technologies will affect the management and decision-making processes. It mainly covers technology in industries across health, climate change & food security.

The Museum of the Future will combine elements of exhibition, immersive theatre and themed attraction. Visitors will be complemented a sneak-peak of the possible future. It will also be known to welcome varied cultural, philosophical, social and spiritual outlooks.

Encased in stainless steel, the structure of the museum features Arabic calligraphy and its design has already won multiple awards. According to Shaun Killa, head of architecture firm Killa Design, the architects of the project, "The entire facade system is unitized, which means the structure, the windows, the insulation, and the waterproofing is all one system. That has never been done before." He also mentioned that the project is the most ambitious project that he has ever worked on, where they have made use of sophisticated modeling tools in order to plan the unique, curved structure of the building, which is composed of thousands of interlocking steel triangles. The makers have also made use of computer-controlled machining tools to cut more than 1,000 molds that support the fiberglass and stainless steel system on the facade.

The project is an initiative by the Dubai Future Foundation and is due to open in 2020.