State of the Art: Dubai's Museum Of the Future is Powered by the Sun, 'Speaks Arabic,' and is Deemed the Most Beautiful Building on Earth - Arts & Culture

The new scientific landmark from Dubai is promoted as the “most beautiful building on Earth.”

After nine years in the making, The Museum of the Future is here.

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The museum has formally opened in Dubai in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

It is an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation, formed in 2016 to institutionalize future-shaping.

Building the future

Designed by architecture firm Killa Design and engineered by consultancy firm Buro Happold, the 77-meter-tall building spans an area of 30,548 square meters. Its facade is built from stainless steel and consists of 1,024 pieces manufactured by a specialized robot-assisted process.

The three main elements are the circular, torus-shaped building that represents humanity, the green mound it sits atop that represents the Earth, and the void at the structure’s center that represents the unknown.

Even the building “speaks Arabic” with its facade containing the quotes of Dubai’s ruler as rendered in the calligraphy of Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej.

“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create,” reads one of the quotes.

Powered by solar energy, the museum receives 4,000 megawatt-hours a year from the solar arrays mounted nearby.

Inside Look

Meanwhile, a team of product, media, exhibition, and experience designers crafted the museum’s content.

Each floor is compared to a “film set from a future that you can inhabit, explore, and interact with.”

The building has five main exhibition floors apart from dedicated event and auditorium spaces.

These exhibitions currently focus on outer space resource development, ecosystems and bioengineering, health and wellness and spirituality, near-future technologies, and “future heroes” dedicated to children.

Moreover, officials are constantly reviewing the exhibitions to enhance the experience. They will update and replace the exhibits on rotation over time.

Banner Photo by Museum of the Future

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