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This is the next project in Dubai Future Foundation, dedicated to exploring the threats and opportunities of our future, and will promote research and innovation for a better future for planet and humanity.

future of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum. While they can be considered art and poetry, calligraphy also serves as functional windows.

The architectural futuristic shape of the museum as a torus with an elliptical void, but a giant hula hoop might be a more accessible point of reference. Lath Carlson, executive director of the Museum of the Future, prefers to compare it to an eye. “We struggle a bit to describe the building to people who haven’t seen it. There is nothing that quite evokes the shape," he admist.

The inscriptions, brought to reality by artist Mattar bin Lahej, include this quote on its exterior, from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai: “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it… the future does not wait… the future can be designed and built today.”

Architectural firm Killa Design, which won the design bid for the museum, created the shape. According to the architect, the solid part of the structure represents the knowledge that we have today. The void represents all that we do not yet know – in other words, the future. The calligraphy and the building’s creative shape have made this one of the most complex design and construction projects ever built. The building resembles an eye looking into the future and the form is due to Feng Shui. According to this doctrine, a round shape stands for the past, present, and future. Furthermore, it can also be equated to fertility and boundless imagination. Probably the most striking feature of the building is the Arabic calligraphy that decorates itself around the building. The calligraphic characters give quotations about the


As well as providing a permanent home for the many innovations, the Museum of the Future claims to work to stimulate and incubate solutions to the challenges of cities of the future. It will bring together researchers, designers, inventors, and financiers under one roof. The Museum will host a group of innovation labs focusing on health, education, smart cities, energy and transport in addition to a permanent section on future innovations in all fields. It will provide a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions from world's leading tech giants and start-ups, as well as collaborations between companies and leading research institutes and universities. The Museum also plans to hold scientific conferences and offer courses and workshops on design and innovation covering the latest scientific developments, trends and designs as well as their practical applications.

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LUXCIOR - 9.1 - January 2021  


LUXCIOR - 9.1 - January 2021