Museum of the Future and 3 Reasons Why It’s the Talk of the Town
Just a few days back I was doing what I do best (scrolling on Instagram) when a video caught my eye. At first, I thought it was fabricated. But a few clicks later, my scepticism turned into amazement.
It was a video of a flying car landing at the Museum of the Future. Imagine. We are finally entering the era where cars will be flying around. More and more information about the museum started appearing in my feed. So, it was only fair that I write an article about it.
The Museum of the Future (MOTF) was inaugurated in Dubai on the numeral palindrome date of 22/2/22. Perhaps the choice of the date is to establish the uniqueness of the museum. Oh, and the flying car video I saw? It was all part of a grand plan to create some buzz before the museum opens its doors to the public. Quite a spectacular announcement indeed.
This thrilling announcement, without surprise, makes MOTF the talk of the town. But, I am bringing you 3 reasons why the world is thrilled about the museum itself, aside from its space-car promotional act.
1) First of Its Kind Museum
MOTF is the first museum of its kind, in the sense that all museums we have right now are to showcase and celebrate the past. Ancient artefacts, vintage art, long-lost civilizations and more are usually displayed at museums. People come and marvel at the journey the human race has taken to be right here, at this moment. But not this museum.
The Museum of the Future, as its name suggests, is all about the future. It presents its interpretation of what the world will be like 50 years from here. However, MOTF is so much more than a museum.
A Lab to Cultivate Ideas for a Sustainable Future
It is meant more as an idea lab to facilitate ideas, visions and innovation plans for the future instead of a museum. It is a haven, an umbrella under which all researchers, scientists, visionaries are welcomed to contribute to the betterment of the future.
A part of its allure and aim is its promise of an immersive experience. The museum wants you to enter the future as you pass through its doors. Its special AI guide, Aya will assist you in that. Visitors enter the museum via an elevator which takes them to an artificial space station. The museum has named it OSS-Hope (Named after UAE’s space program). The OSS-Hope looks over the Earth and the visitors are presented with a dilemma. The Earth is sick and it needs your help. Each visitor is then assigned a role to play, either a teacher, a doctor or others to assist.
To enhance visitors’ experience, the museum relies on guiding lights, sounds as well as scents to give them a literal out-of-the-world experience. Its futuristic interiors and floor plan also emphasize the connection between technology and nature.
2) Architectural Marvel
Aside from the buzz created in the tourism scene, the museum is no short of a marvel in the architectural field. A masterpiece created by Killa Design, the entire design of the Museum heavily relies on symbolism. It not only charms the visitors with its exterior grandeur but also invokes them to look beyond and find the hidden messages in its structure.
MOTF is comprised of 3 main parts: the green hill, the building and the void.
The green hill separates the museum from its neighbouring business while symbolically connecting it to the greenery and natural aspect of the Earth. The stainless steel building represents the innovation and tenacity of the people of the Earth. Lastly, the void within the building stands for the unknown. It relates to the future and invites the people to fill the void of the future with astonishing marvels.
MOTF wondrously unites its three parts in harmony showing the true connection of the Earth, its people and its future.
The 78m high building itself is dubbed as ‘the most beautiful building in the world’ by the ruler of the emirate of Dubai. For me, its steel, silvery appearance heavily relates to how old Hollywood movies used the colour silver to portray futuristic spaceships.
To pay homage to its Arabic roots, the building employs Arabic calligraphy as its windows. The calligraphy is a poem written by the ruler of the emirate of Dubai poetically stating the visions of the ruler for the future of his homeland.
Its torus/donut shape design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functionally miraculous.
As Killa Design states: 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.
For its unique design, MOTF also achieved LEED Platinum status, a worldwide rating reserved for the world’s most energy-efficient and environmental designs. (Afar.com)
The building consists of 7 floors, each more inviting than the rest. The first 3 floors showcase Outerspace marvels, futuristic ecology and health/wellness plans of the future. The next 3 display near-future technology to solve major world challenges such as diseases, environmental and human crises. The last floor is solely dedicated to the future of mankind, its children.
3) Significance of MOTF
If the past 2 detailed reasons weren’t enough to create some buzz, MOTF also presents significance strategic and cultural importance for its homeland.
Homage to Arabic roots
While the world has progressed immensely in the fields of science, mathematics and technology, the role of Arab Muslims in these developments has always been overlooked. With the use of Arabic calligraphy so proudly displayed in its architecture, MOTF has finally brought Islamic excellence in the limelight for the whole world to see.
Some may say that the use of Arabic only refers to the Arabic peninsula not the contribution of Islamic ancestors. However, MOTF has also used astrolabes in its outer space floor exhibition. An astrolabe is an ancient tool used by Islamic scholars in mapping planetary bodies in the sky. Thus, the museum has done a spectacular job to highlight the ancestral role.
Alternative to Skyscrapers
In a world where concrete jungles are continuously obstructing our views of the sky, MOTF presents a unique alternative to skyscrapers. Its elliptical design brings a refreshing change from rigid straight lines of buildings and shows the movement of human nature via its curves. It establishes that buildings need not be tall to express grandeur and unique shapes should now be normalized in the architectural field
Transition of Dubai
Dubai has always been a futuristic land. Its transformation from a barren desert to one of the most technologically advanced places on Earth has been remarkable. Despite that, the world still views Dubai and UAE as the oil hub. They are more known for their oil reserves than for their advancements. MOTF is a new step for Dubai to finally shed its oil-related identity and be more known as an intellectual and tourist hub.
Via MOTF, Dubai aims to invite researchers, scholars, intellectuals and thinkers to help it innovate itself and the world, making a better future for us all.
For a curious person, like myself, MOTF has played all its cards right to capture attention. From its unique design to its promotional strategies everything is carefully curated to bring in visitors and tourists. Hidden messages, symbolism and meaning in each aspect of the museum is aligned in its aim of invoking thinking, creativity and innovation.
Now all that is left to do is pack our bags and visit the museum to see all its glory for our own eyes. I am ready, are you?
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