03 Feb “Floating” museum in Rio de Janeiro
Science “Museum of Tomorrow” (Museu do Amanha), a draft of which is designed by Santiago Calatrava architectural studio, built on a pier in the port area of Rio de Janeiro.
Its theme is not only the past but also the present and the future, including a variety of possible scenarios for the development of life on earth the next 50 years. The exhibition brings together the language of art and precision of science with the help of audio-visual displays and interactive installations with games based on research.
The building area of 15 000 sq. m built on the principles of sustainable architecture and meets the standards of green building. Apart from him, there are swimming pools in the area, organized a place to rest and laid the track for bicycles. On a huge green space, decorated studio Burle Marx, visitors can learn about the richness of the flora of the coastal region.
To ensure the buildings are utilized local natural resources: for example, water from Guanabara Bay is used in swimming pools and air conditioning system, and then comes back. Large steel parts on the roof with solar panels can be shifted, following the movement of the sun throughout the day.
The museum occupies almost the entire length of the pier, which emphasizes its withdrawal in the Gulf, and by surrounding the pool gives the impression as if it is floating. Building height is limited to 18 meters, allowing you to save the view of the Monastery of São Bento, included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.