Considered one of the architectural icons of the Olympic Games in Brazil, the Museum of Tomorrow, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is an invitation to reflect on the impact of human behavior on the balance of planet Earth in the next 50 years.
Guided by the ethical values of sustainability and coexistence, essential for our civilization, the Museum seeks to promote innovation and spread the advances of science. Within the futuristic building, the permanent exhibition is divided into five major areas: Cosmos, Terra, Antropoceno, Amanhãs and Nós, which have more than 40 experiences available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
In relation to the building itself, its construction was a challenge at various levels, a challenge that was recognized this year with the MIPIM 2017 International Award in the category of “Most innovative green building”.
The work captures water from the bottom of Guanabara Bay to make all the cooling, circulating through the building and returned filtered to the environment; And has movable side flaps so that solar panels capture as much as possible throughout the day. More than 3,000m2 of Guardian SunGuard (R) Solar Neutral 67 high-performance glass were installed in more than 750 panels to allow the interior lighting of 15,000m2 of this building that became a key part of the revitalization of the port area of Porto Maravilha, in the bay of Rio de Janeiro.
The Tomorrow’s Museum is an initiative of Rio’s City Hall, conceived and carried out jointly with the Roberto Marinho Foundation, an institution linked to Grupo Globo, with Banco Santander as its master sponsor. It also has the support of the State Government, through the Secretary of State for the Environment, the Federal Government, through the Financing Agency for Studies and Projects (Finep) and the Federal Law for Cultural Incentives.
The museum opened in December 2015 and has received 1.4 million visitors. In 2016, he received another international award: the Leading Culture Destinations Awards, considered the Oscars of museums, in the category of the best new museum of the year.