At a press conference in Brazil this week, architect Santiago Calatrava unveiled his plans for Rio de Janeiro's sustainably focused Museum of Tomorrow. The project, commissioned as part of the city's "Marvelous Port" urban design initiative, is perched on Pier Maua and will help with the city's efforts to revitalize its historic waterfront in preparation for the 2016 Olympics.
While details of the building's green features haven't yet been released, this is what we know so far: the two-story cantilevered building was modeled after the landscape, and its facade adapts to changing environmental conditions. "Brazil's magical ambiance radiates through Rio de Janeiro's rich past and cultural heritage, the vast forests, beautiful landscapes and most of all the spirit of the people," said Calatrava in a press release. "Rio de Janeiro has captured my imagination and through the expression of space and forms, I am excited to begin this journey." Stay tuned for updates about how Calatrava, a worldwide leader in urban design (and the architect in charge of the World Trade Center's transportation hub), incorporates sustainable features throughout.
For more info, visit his website.