Opened in 2015, the museum was commended for initiatives such as the use of the icy waters from the bottom of the Guanabara Bay for the air-conditioning system and special solar power panels
The Museum of Tomorrow, in Rio de Janeiro, was recognised as the Best Innovative Green Building of the planet during the MIPIM Awards. The award is given during the most important exhibition of the real estate sector in the world, which takes place in the city of Cannes (France).
The museum defeated important landmarks such as the 119 Ebury Street building in London, the Siemens headquarters building in Munich and the Värtan Bioenergy CHP-Plant in Stockholm.
For Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão, the award consolidates a winning model for the use of urban spaces. "The Museum is an important example for Brazil’s tourism sector, both regarding sustainability and for the creation of attractions that can enhance the flow of visitors to national destinations," he said.
Opened in 2015 at the Pier Mauá, the Museum of Tomorrow has so far received 1.5 million visitors (an average of 5,000 per day), and has joined the list of major tourist sites in Rio de Janeiro.
The building also stands out for its sustainability initiatives, such as its solar power capture system (it uses fin-like panels that follow the sun throughout the day) and the use of the icy waters from the bottom of the Guanabara Bay to feed its air-conditioning system.
The museum covers an area of 15,000 square metres and is the result of R$ 250 million in investments, made in partnership between the Rio de Janeiro municipal government and the Roberto Marinho Foundation, with sponsorship by Banco Santander.
The Secretary-General of the Foundation, Hugo Barreto, attended the awards ceremony and thanked Mr. Beltrão for the Ministry’s support of the museum’s bid.
The Ministry of Tourism also had its own stand during the MIPIM, where it distributed materials and showed a video about the museum. The Museum of Tomorrow’s sustainable initiatives are estimated save 9.6 million litres of water and 2,400 megawatt/hour of electricity every year.