Image of the Week: The Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro
The Museum of Tomorrow, opened a year before this year’s Rio Olympic Games, aims to be a visually impressive statement on sustainability
Report from – Damien Carr
Image: Bernard Lessa
Designed by Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava and part-funded from the Rio city government, the building is a centrepiece of the regeneration of the city’s 5 million m2 port area. The regeneration scheme known as ‘Porto Maravilha’ or ‘Marvellous Port’, includes efficient street lighting, construction of cycle lanes and the planting of 15,000 trees.
The museum itself boasts photovoltaic panels that are integrated into the operable wing elements of the roof and adjustable to the optimum angle of the sun, while water from the nearby Guanabara Bay is used to cool the building’s indoor temperature.