new images unveiled of dubai’s larger-than-life ‘museum of the future’

a museum to imagine the future of dubai

Following the completion of Killa Design’s calligraphy-covered Museum of the Future in Dubai, the UAE-based studio’s founder Shaun Killa discusses the processes that have shaped the architecture. Along with these fresh insights come new images of the monumental work of the completed exterior and larger-than-life interiors (see previous designboom coverage here).

From the outside, the museum stands on top of a green hill, appearing like a sculptural object in the city. The geometry takes the form of a torus wrapped in massive calligraphic script that expresses quotes from the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates on his vision for the future.

Last month, the museum celebrated its inauguration with the immersive exhibition “Journey of the Pioneers” designed by ATELIER BRÜCKNER (see designboom cover here).

image © Killa Design

words from the architect, founder of killa design

To celebrate the opening of the Museum of the Future, Killa Design (see more here) founder Shaun Killa describes the spirit of the project. This includes symbolic geometry and the envisioned future of Dubai and the UAE as a whole:

Shaun Killa (SK): MOTF is made up of three main elements: the green hill, the museum and the void. The green hill represents the earth, with its roots in place, time and history. The inspiration for the landscaped hill was to elevate the building in an unobstructed manner above the adjacent metro line and create elevated greenery that is rare in Dubai where visitors can enjoy a park-like environment. in the context of the city while engaging with the museum.

The torus-shaped structure represents humanity’s ability to innovate and build upon the limits of current engineering and construction methodology that has been represented in prominent structures throughout the ages.

The main inspiration for the Museum of the Future is to create a form that represents the vision of the future of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, where the physical building embodies floors and spaces that represent our understanding of the “future” as we know it. today and maybe for the next. a few years.

In contrast, the void represents “the unknown” and people who seek out the unknown, innovate, and discover new horizons and ideas that help guide humanity towards a better future.

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The founder of Killa Design goes on to describe the unique elements of the Dubai Museum of the Future, which include a series of transparent “bullet elevators” with panoramic views:

Sask. : The nearly 1,800 square meter concourse connects the north and south bus landings and subway pedestrian connectivity, allowing multiple integrated transit modules to work simultaneously to improve connectivity from the museum to the city. The 16-meter high hall has a central double helix staircase that connects the underground to the ground floor and at the same time connects the hall to the museum.

Three panoramic ball elevators with a capacity of 35 people rise the full height of the building in the atrium space. This is further enhanced by one of the largest elevators in the world capable of transporting over 120 people (or large exhibits) to all floors of the building as part of the visitor experience for large groups.

The central spiral staircase runs through the entire atrium space, inviting visitors to descend through the levels of the museum while experiencing the undulating volume of the space with changing light through the calligraphy fenestration.

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The Museum of the Future (MOTF) showcases Dubai’s focus on advancements in design technology. In this context, UAE’s Killa Design uses advanced digital technologies, especially parametric tools and virtual reality, during the complex design process. Shaun Killa explains:

Sask. : MOTF has pushed the boundaries of design by being one of the most complex steel and facade projects to date. This complex building is more than a cultural icon, it is a good example of the benefits of buildings with advanced composites where we have engaged with world leaders in new construction materials and techniques, for example, Boeing aviation for the aerospace technology and incorporating it into the built environment.

Parametric design tools including growth algorithms were developed for the project to numerically optimize the efficiency of the main structural bed, facade and glazing elements.

BIM played an important role in the process, from design to construction, and was used to produce all drawings and, in addition to virtual reality and real-time rendering programs, provided coordination and detection conflicts between all design and engineering disciplines. During the early design phases, the team used complex 3D modeling software to define the calligraphy on the surface of the building, move each letter to meet ancient rules of calligraphy, and avoid over 1,000 steel diagrid knots. to ensure that none were placed in the center of the windows. .

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image © Killa Design

Sask. : The calligraphy that covers the facade is molded into each individual panel, with the black lettering also forming the glazed window penetrations in the facade. These windows are illuminated by 14 km of LED lighting and are 1.3 meters deep, deep enough for visitors to stand inside, forming an exhibition space designed to showcase ideologies, inventions and innovative and futuristic possibilities.

Above the podium, the museum’s stainless steel-clad exhibition spaces comprise 12,000 m² spread over seven floors nine meters apart. The total height of the building is 78 m with a total built-up area of ​​30,000 m².

Here, technology and creativity are in complete harmony, giving us a real insight into the real and virtual worlds combining to create something entirely new.

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