Museum of Tomorrow named ‘Best Innovative Green Building’

Museum of Tomorrow named ‘Best Innovative Green Building’

Photo by Roberto Marinho Foundation

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro won “Best Innovative Green Building” awards from the international property event MIPIM. The development is also the first Brazilian museum to be awarded LEED gold certification.

The museum’s sustainable components were constructed primarily from local materials and include innovative features, such as solar panels that move with the sun to maximize energy absorption, reusable rainwater collection and an air conditioning system that uses water funneled from Guanabara Bay, reports Commercial Property Executive. That resulted in an estimated yearly savings of 2,536,052 gallons of water and 2,400 megawatts/hour (MWh) of electricity, which is sufficient to power more than 1,200 homes.

When it comes to water conservation, water in the facility’s washbasins, sinks and showers is treated and recycled, along with the water used to dehumidify the air, which can reach up to 1,000 gallons per day.

The Museum of Tomorrow opened in December 2015 and was made possible by the City of Rio de Janeiro and the Roberto Marinho Foundation, with sponsorship from Banco Santander Brasil and the BG project.

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