Symbol of a new tomorrow
Main pillar of the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã), the largest architectural challenge of the new harbor area, begins to be built
One of the cornerstones of the new harbor area of Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã), begins to raise its foundation. Measuring 310 meters long and 45 meters wide, the monument built on the banks of Guanabara Bay is an unparalleled architectural challenge in the world – and is also an unprecedented museum experience in the country. Through interactive and multidimensional environments, visitors will journey through the evolution of man and society, in addition, they will “meet” representations of the world 50 years from now, based on today’s estimates.
“We researched other museums in the world and found that this one is unique, unprecedented. Brazil has little tradition of science centers and museums, therefore, more than ever, this will be innovative, unique, unparalleled. We are going to apply science to build the image, the settings and tomorrow’s lifestyles . The choices are open, because tomorrow is a work in progress. We are transforming the world and ourselves, so despite what the poet said, we will not be the same and will not live the same way our fathers did”, philosophizes Luiz Alberto Oliveira, curator of the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã).
And tomorrow’s transformation starts, in this case, with the construction of this space for reflections. At the heart of the work being done is a hole 90 meters deep, where they will place “secant piles”, responsible for stopping the water and preventing it from entering the basement. And, in order to guarantee that there will be a tomorrow, the construction is also, of course, environmentally friendly. The wood used, for example, are all certified, and come from areas of replanting, the stones used have exploration permits, the sea water will be reused in the air-conditioning cooling, and even the equipment used at the work site are powered by solar energy captured by 5000 photovoltaics panels. The architectural project is from Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
“It’s a great challenge, and not by chance, we have people with over 20 years of experience. The monument takes the form of a bromelia, whose wings will move according to the position of the sun, “said Edilson Costa, production manager of the construction.
The museum will be part of a plaza with a garden and water features. The idea is that the visitor enters in to a kind of portal, as if there we could be in the year of 2060 – always 50 years ahead – and, thereafter, to reflect about the future we want – and that ultimately we are building now. For this, the narrative follows a four stages structure: first, the cosmos, second, the context, that shows where we live and the emergence of the culture, thirdly, the description of the present and the changes of the planet by man, until, finally, exploitation of tomorrow. All of this told with the help with the most advanced audiovisual , interactive, graphic and multidimensional resources.
“There’s a new tradition of experiential museums, where visitors not only contemplate a collection, but actively participate in the conduct and objectives of the exhibition. It is as if the visitor were part of the museum’s metabolism. And the museum needs that to work, “explains the curator.