Dubai has redefined the skyline of Middle East and it may soon become the hub of modern architecture beating the Western world in the process. Dubai where it seems only that matters is height has also shown to the world new meaning of luxury and in the process fully testing the concept of architecture and civil and structural engineering. In a region where competition is to overtake one another vertically, a project is coming up which is attracting attention not for its height but for its architectural marvel. Do you know which is that project?
The project is not about height, so it is a ‘Dubai-unlike’ project. Its about future and since no one knows how the future will pan out, converting that unknown and unseen vision into a structural form is a challenge and that’s just one of the reasons why this project is unique.
Yes, we are talking about, Museum of the Future, located adjacent to the Emirates Towers and is scheduled for 2020 completion (its reported that structure of the building is almost complete). Designed by architectural firm Killa Design, UAE, engineered by BuroHappold and with BAM International as the main contractor, the project has all the qualities to become architectural and engineering masterpiece.
When the client, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wanted his vision of future depicted in the design, architects were forced to think about the unknown which finally led to the present design – “Void” which is part of the design. “The ‘void’ represents what we do not yet know, and that the people who seek the unknown will continue to innovate and discover to help guide humanity towards a better future, whereby creating the continuum of replenishing the Museum of the Future,” say the architects of the project.
The Museum of the Future comprises three main parts: the green hill, the building and the void. The green hill represents the earth, with solidity, permanence, and rootedness in place, time and history. This is done through the smooth transition from the site in the form of an earthen, vegetated mound with minimal visible built intervention. The inspiration for the green hill was also to elevate the building in a calm and unobtrusive way above the metro line and create greenery in elevation that is uncommon in Dubai where visitors can enjoy while engaging with the Museum.
Likewise, the glimmering, futuristic upper building represents mankind, with all of its strength, artistry and ability to create in harmony with its surroundings. This is formed by the bold shape which emerges from the hill, covered with the Arabic calligraphy about the future, and displaying mankind’s passion for the arts and creating.
Lastly, the elliptical void within the upper structure represents innovation. This is done primarily by creating an empty space showing the unwritten future into which humanity, and the world can symbolically look towards. This open and unburdened future is an inspiration which can drive the innovators and creators of today.
The Museum is not only a visual and artistic beacon, but also sets new innovative benchmarks. As a 17,000m2 torus-shaped building clad in stainless steel, achieving LEED Platinum status, and designed holistically through BIM at every design stage, the building represents the future through innovative design principles, implementation and construction. The design is a low carbon civic building achieved through the use of many design innovations which include parametric design, passive solar architecture, low-energy and low-water engineering solutions, recovery strategies for both energy and water, and building integrated renewables.
The 78-metre-high building accommodates 6 exhibition and 1 administration floor above a 3-storey podium and a F+B deck, with auditorium, retail, parking and services.