Designer for new Dubai “Museum of the Future” announced
Killa has lead the design for the museum, which is set to be the first of its kind and will be dedicated to the use of design, technology prototyping and foresight to create real examples of change.
Killa has had extensive experience in the UAE and was one of the designers of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. He also has broad regional experience, working in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and on the World Trade Centre in Bahrain.
He 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 before deciding to leave to start his own business, Killa Partnership.
He 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.”
Plans to create the new Museum of the Future were revealed in March. The project will actively produce futuristic inventions and support the UAE’s mission to be a global innovation engine. With the motto “See the future, create the future”, the museum hopes to reflect a new approach to government innovation. It is expected to cost more than $200 million and is set for completion in 2017.
There is also a plan to change out all the content of the museum every six months, ensuring that features will always looking 10 years into the future.
Shaun Killa studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked for award winning firms in South Africa before moving to Dubai and joining Atkins in 1998.
Killa has led masterplans in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Dubai and Cape Town and also participates on the advisory committees of several universities for their bachelor and master’s programmes.