Shaun Killa to design Dubai Museum of the Future


Architect Shaun Killa is the designer of a museum set to be be built in Dubai which showcases innovation and technology.

The Museum of the Future is set to open in 2017 in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road.

The museum’s motto, “See the future, create the future” is designed to reflect a new approach to innovation. The institution is intended to use design, technology prototyping and foresight to create real examples of change.


It is set to be the first of its kind and will represent a “leading example of entrepreneurial governments embracing change and creating futuristic visions for a better world”.

A feature of the design will be “innovation labs,” which focus on education, health, smart cities, energy, and transportation, to the very construction of the building which houses it all.

The museum has been designed by architect Killa, who recently left his role as design director of Atkins Dubai to set up his own practice, Killa Partnership.

Killa said: “The solid element of the building symbolises what we know today representing what we know to be the future, and the void represents what we don’t know. So we constantly are looking towards the future and discovering new possibilities.”

The plan is to change out all the content of the museum every six months, ensuring that they are always looking 10 years into the future.

Shaun Killa studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked for awarding winning firms in South Africa before moving to Dubai and joining Atkins in 1998.

He worked on the Burj Al Arab and became design director for Atkins Dubai where he won high-rise commissions such as the 21st Century Tower, in Dubai and many others around the Middle East.

His specialisation in large mixed use high-rise buildings and has designed the world’s first large scale integration of wind turbines on the Bahrain World Trade Centre.

Killa has led masterplans in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Dubai and Cape Town and he participates on the advisory committees of several universities for their bachelor and master’s programmes.

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