Dubai’s Solar-Powered Museum of the Future Is an Architectural Marvel
If you want to be transported into the future – more specifically 2071, and be mesmerized by all of its infinite possibilities, then you need to visit Dubai’s latest architectural gem, The Museum of the Future. It’s so stunning that it earned a coveted spot on National Geographic’s list of most beautiful buildings in 2021. Designed by Dubai-based Killa Design and engineered by Buro Happold, this spectacular solar-powered museum steals a lot of the attention away from its neighboring skyscrapers, but not for its height.
Strategically located in a key urban spot, just off Dubai’s lively Sheikh Zayed Road and adjacent to the Emirates Towers, The Museum of the Future holds its own. Standing at 77 meters/225 feet tall, it’s constructed with a show-stopping facade made out of stainless steel and fiberglass panels. With a torus shape, the facade is intricately covered in 3D Arabic calligraphy by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. Each letter also serves as a window. Rendered in the calligraphy of Mattar bin Lahej, the facade is comprised of 1,024 pieces manufactured by a state-of-the-art robot-assisted process and covers a total surface area of 17,600 square meters.
The seven-story museum is filled with state-of-the-art interactive displays that encompass all of the amazing intricacies of earth, outer space, as well as the mind, body, and spirit. The journey begins when museum visitors take an elevator to a makeshift space station. With a captivating view of the earth, they are presented with a problem: “the earth is sick.” Each visitor is assigned a role to play (a doctor or a teacher) and they must tackle the world’s problems. Are you up for the challenge? The Museum of the Future is also anticipated to serve as “an intellectual laboratory for cities of the future and governments of the future.” It opened to the public in February of 2022. Reserve your tickets now!
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