The Museum of Future,
The Museum of Future,

Dubai has world-famous and peerless architecture. It also has engineering marvels like Burj Khalifa, the Opus, and the Burj Al Arab. Another expansion to these popular structures is The Museum of Future, by Killa Designs in Dubai-UAE of Things to come – the US $136 million, 30,000 square meters, completely parametric complicated steel façade, and superstructure.

The conventional high-rise configuration structures, making a notorious construction of style and substance. Arranged close to another notorious structure of the city – the Emirates tower – the museum will open to general society during Exhibition 2020. The seven stories of the concluded Torus design will be a functioning space for developments. Consequently which incorporates a presentation space exhibiting cutting-edge ideas, administrations, and items for urban areas, medical care, and transportation.

The Museum of Future
The museum of future

Case study – overview                      

  • Location:  Dubai, UAE,
  • Type:   Museum,
  • Architect:  Killa Designs,
  • Contractors: BAM Higgs & Hill and Trans gulf,               
  • Features:7 Storeys of exhibition space, 3 podium levels including a 420 seat auditorium, restaurant, café, and lobby,
  • Status:  Under Construction,
  • The year: 2018

Concept of The Museum of Future

The Museum of the Future symbolizes the most advanced technology in the complex design structures in the Middle East. “Killa designs”firm exhibited, the futuristic and innovative style. Thus, ‘giant hula hoop’ or the ‘Torus’ is an exclusive form designed for the museum of the future design.

The Torus shape represents ‘what is known,’ – around ‘the unknown’. However, represented in the space at the center of the structure. In essence, the Museum of the Future is a glittering silver torus imprinted with Arabic calligraphical writings.

The Museum of Future
Conceptual sketch
The Museum of Future
Design proposal

Museum of the Future: A Revolutionary Alternative to the Traditional Skyscrapers

The Museum of the Future will be an expressive and dynamic identity of the place. This design has three layers, including the green hill, the building and, the void.

The green hill exhibit the earth, with solidity, permanency, and is established in place, time, and history. That is to say, the elevation of the structure from the site is in the form of an earthen, vegetated mound with minimal visible built intervention. It is to elevate the building in a calm and humbly way above the metro line. This creates greenery on the rooftop. However, that is not usual in Dubai where guests can enjoy the exterior views of the Museum.

Similarly, the glittering, futuristic upper building represents mankind, with all of its strength, artistry, and ability to create in harmony with its surroundings. The structure is created to the great new form, it originates from the hill. Further, it is covered with Arabic writings about the future and showcasing mankind’s passion for the arts and creativity.

Lastly, the elliptical void within the upper structure represents creativity. The motto of creating a space shows the unwritten future of humanity, and the world can symbolically look towards it. Eventually, the open and easy future is an inspiration that can pull the innovators and creators of today.

Design evolution
The Museum of Future
Conceptual zoning


The 78-meter-high building accommodates 6 exhibition halls and 1 administration floor above a 3-story podium with enough landscape and needed ventilation and an F+B deck, with 420 seat auditorium, retail, parking, and services.

On the whole, the special features of the design will create a great landmark that will be a shining example for all future low-carbon buildings in the UAE.

Design exploration

Interior views of The Museum of Future

café and restaurant
The Museum of Future
Exhibition center
The Museum of Future
The Museum of Future
Service core
Entrance lobby
The Museum of Future
Metro bridge connection to the building

Construction Ideology of The Museum of Future

Meanwhile, the construction of this structure is unpredictable and convoluted. For this reason, all partners needed to progress from a 2D plan to 3D and 4D BIM. The group needed to fundamentally learn and embrace BIM calculations to utilize them across the whole undertaking lifecycle. Similarly, utilized not exclusively to plan the construction. Yet additionally in the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) designing period of the undertaking.

Glittering skin fixation
The Museum of Future
Construction stage
The Museum of Future
Structural frames
The Museum of Future
Construction status

Sustainable Features of The Museum of Future

The Museum isn’t just a visual and imaginative reference point, yet additionally sets new inventive benchmarks. As a 17,000m2 torus-molded structure clad in treated steel, accomplishing LEED Platinum status. It is planned comprehensively through BIM at each planning stage. The structure addresses the future through inventive plan standards, execution, and development. The plan is based on a low-carbon city building, in addition to it, many plan advancements incorporate the parametric structure. Therefore, aloof,sun-based design, low-energy and low-water designing arrangements, recuperation methodologies for energy and water, and building coordinated renewables.

Value Proposition

The museum of future was the winner of the Tekla Center East BIM awards in 2018 and the Autodesk AEC Greatness awards in 2017 for BIM across the construction Lifecycle. The utilization of BIM in all periods of the construction lifecycle from plan to construction improved correspondence, improve dynamic, quality control, and security and material following. BIM prompted a 65% decrease in modify nearby and a half improvement in profitability as partners had the option to save generous time and energy on the development of the task. Further, the parametric plan furnished the venture partners with a 45% decrease in the utilization of water in the undertaking, alongside a 25% decrease incomplete energy.

In addition to the time and cost investment funds, the utilization of BIM and parametric prearranging additionally diminished development hazards, intricacies in planning and building the structure, and prompted decrease and controlled waste-material use. Most importantly, it is upgraded on-time conveyance. Hence, the incentive of utilizing BIM across the construction lifecycle and through the whole period of acknowledgment transformed the dream into reality.


The museum of the future will be an objective generally advantageous. However, most splendid for the innovators and business people, offering an incorporated climate engaging imaginative personalities to test, asset, and market thoughts for modern administrations. It will unite creators, originators, and researchers, introducing a scope of advances, becoming an incubator for ideas and designs. Also driver for development, and a worldwide objective for innovators and entrepreneurs.

Isometric view

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Vinusha Vijayan
Vinusha vijayan is an Architect. Who is with more aspirations and involvement towards the profession. She is a minimalistic and modern intense ideological one, who loves to explore the profession. Writing about the buildings, architecture, designs, history, urbanization is a process of Self-learning and serving our knowledge to others. I wish to share my explorations here.


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