Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is celebrating the opening of the Museu do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro.
The Museu do Amanhã is located on the Pier Mauá, a highly prominent site in the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro and was opened in december. Its surrounding gardens form a central part of the Porto Maravilha – Marvellous Port, the largest urban development project in the country and one of the urban revitalization commitments that the city of Rio de Janeiro made during its successful bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Museum envelope is limited to a height of 18 m above the pier level. The upper floor houses long term exhibition space with a spectacular ceiling over 10 m high and offers panoramic views of the Guanabara Bay, the lower level contains functional and technical rooms. A reflection pool surrounding the building on the outside and gives visitors the impression that the museum is floating. Design is influenced by local brazilian culture and generated by featuring photovoltaic panels solar power.
The permanent exhibition is curated by physicist and cosmologist Luiz Alberto Oliveira and designed by Ralph Appelbaum, while there will be also exhibition including population growth and increased life expectancy, consumption patterns, climate change,...