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The Museum of the Future is due to open in late 2021.

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Dubai museum among world’s 14 most beautiful museums

 

DUBAI – Dubai’s Museum of the Future has made it to the list of 14 most beautiful museums in the world.

The Museum of the Future is fifth on the list, published by National Geographic. China’s Shanghai Museum of Astronomy, which mimics stars and planets, topped the list.

In Dubai, the Museum of the Future is due to open in late 2021. It features a stainless-steel façade that extends over 17,000sqm.

It is covered in Arabic calligraphy, designed by Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej, which glows at night via LED lights.

Spanning an area of 30,000 square metres, the seven-storey pillarless structure stands at 77 metres high.

The museum will hold exhibits on design and technology innovations. It is set to become a new global landmark once complete.

“The emirate’s ambitions are reflected in an engineering miracle like Dubai’s Museum of the Future that has been globally recognised as the world’s most beautiful museums even before its completion,” said Mohammad Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation

“The museum presents the UAE’s and the world’s gateway to the future with its design and latest technologies… Once complete, the museum will give visitors a glimpse of the future,” Al Gergawi added.

The Museum of the Future is linked by two bridges that extend to Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Emirates Towers metro station.

Dubai’s Museum of the Future is powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy produced by a station connected to the building.

The park surrounding the museum contains 80 species of plants, equipped with a state-of-the-art intelligent and automatic irrigation system.

World’s 14 most beautiful museums

1. SHANGHAI MUSEUM OF ASTRONOMY, CHINA

Rounded buildings meant to mimic the stars and planets make up the new Shanghai Museum of Astronomy by Thomas J. Wong and Ennead architecture.

2. ZEITZ MOCAA, SOUTH AFRICA

Opened in 2017 in Cape town, Zeitz MOCAA is the first contemporary art museum in Africa.

3. LUMA FOUNDATION, FRANCE

The combo contemporary art museum and cultural center towers 180 feet above Arles, France.

4. V&A DUNDEE, SCOTLAND

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma used glass and concrete slabs to summon Scotland’s cliffs; an innovative dam holds the river back from the ship-like structure.

5. MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE, UAE

The Museum of the Future features fiberglass-and-steel form covered in Arabic calligraphy, with its exterior to glow via LED lights at night.

6. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE, USA

The museum is shaped like a Nigerian tribal crown. Its façade is covered in aluminum fretwork mimicking iron balconies in New Orleans.

7. GUGGENHEIM BILBAO MUSEUM, SPAIN

Its swooping forms and reflective surface set a new standard for what contemporary museums could look like and how they could transform a city’s identity.

8. HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, AZERBAIJAN

The undulating, curvy structure by the celebrated late architect Zahia Hadid shelters a museum on the country’s history and culture.

9. JEWISH MUSEUM, BERLIN

The museum is spatially reckoning with the Holocaust and its legacy of absence, loss, and invisibility via empty rooms, dead ends, and dim lighting.

10. ANDALUSÍA MUSEUM OF MEMORY, SPAIN

The museum centres on a stark three-story building around a playful circular courtyard. Elliptical ramps rise to connect the different levels.

11. M/S MARITIME MUSEUM OF DENMARK, DENMARK

In the town of Helsingør, this innovative, subterranean museum shows off ships, navigational equipment, and other nautical artifacts.

12. MUSEU DE ARTE DO RIO, BRAZIL

The Museu de Arte do Rio links a Baroque palace, a police building, and a bus terminal via a wave-shaped roof and a walkway.

13. CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, FRANCE

The contemporary art museum in Paris features exposed ductwork, exterior escalators, and a pop sensibility courtesy of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s 1971 plans.

14. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, USA

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was planning out New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the 1940s, dreaming of buildings shaped like seashells. The modern and contemporary display space is now considered his masterpiece.


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