The Museum of Tomorrow is a unique museum seeking a diverse future. The building’s sustainable architecture interacts with the museum’s contents and strives for a better use of local resources. Innovative features include solar panels that move to track the sun’s movement andBrazil maximize the energy absorption; harvesting rainwater for reuse and funnelling cold water from the depth of the Guanabara Bay in the air-conditioning system. The result is an estimated yearly savings of 9,600,000 liters of water and 2,400 megawatts/hour (MWh) of electricity, enough to power more than 1,200 homes. It´s the first Brazilian museum to be awarded the LEED’s Gold certification.
Developer: Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Government, Roberto Marinho Foundation
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Other: Casa do Futuro, Banco Santander, BG Brazil, State Secretariat of Environment, FINEP