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Museum of Tomorrow


Santiago Calatrava 
Museum of Tomorrow
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Rio de Janeiro has captured my imagination and through the expression of space and forms, I am excited to begin this journey.”
Santiago Calatrava

Image courtesy Santiago Calatrava, LLC.

The sustainably-focused museum is part of the ambitious “Marvelous Port” urban design project, which will transform Rio’s historical waterfront into a thriving cultural and residential community.
Located on the highly prominent Pier Maua, the museum is an integral part of the urban revitalization commitment that the city made to the International Olympic Committee during its successful bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Image courtesy Santiago Calatrava, LLC.

Seeking inspiration from the citizens of Rio and the surrounding historical landmarks, Calatrava’s design celebrates the natural landscape.

The two-story museum features a cantilevered roof and facade with moving elements that extends almost to the full length of the pier, emphasizing the extension into the bay, while minimizing the building’s width.

Image courtesy Santiago Calatrava, LLC.

The building’s northern location maximizes a continuous landscaping strip along the Southern length of the pier, complementing views towards the historical Monastery de Sao Bento do Rio de Janeiro from both on and off the site.
“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.”
Santiago Calatrava

Total area: approximately 12,500 square meters

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