Magnificent Metal Monday – Museum of Tomorrow

As announced last month in METALCON’s inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition, the Gotca Group received the award in the “interior” category for their work done on the Museum of Tomorrow.

Opened in 2015 as a new icon of the modernization of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s harbor, the Museum of Tomorrow was born in the Praça Mauá as a science museum meant to explore, imagine, and conceive all the possibilities for constructing the future. The Museum of Tomorrow, or Museu do Amanhã to locals, serves as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet was designed by renowned Spanish architect, engineer and artist Santiago Calatrava.

Supply and assembly of the structural steelwork, aluminum, photovoltaic system and Hydraulic system was completed by the Gotca Group, a leading company in the execution of big projects in the metallic constructions sector, naval industry and renewables, based in Orlando, Florida.

According to Architect Magazine, “The design of the Museum is inspired by the Carioca culture and through its architecture, explores the relationship between the city and the natural environment. The building features large overhangs 75 meters in length on the side facing the square and 45 meters in length on the side facing the sea. These features highlight the extension of the Museum from the dock into the bay. The cantilevering roof with its large mobile wings and the facade structure expand almost the full length of the pier emphasizing the extension into the Guanabara Bay, while minimizing the building’s width. A reflection pool surrounding the building on the outside—used to filter water that is being pumped from the bay and released back in from the end of the pier— gives visitors the impression that the Museum is floating.”

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), provided the following details about the building, “The museum claims to explore the relationship between the city and the natural environment. As part of this ‘exploration,’ the architects limited the total height of the building to 18m to protect the view of Guanabara Bay from nearby Sao Bento monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site. The building has a cantilevered roof with large mobile ‘wings.’ The structure can expand almost to the length of the pier it’s built on. Its designers say this emphasises the museum’s ‘connection’ to the bay. Engineers used natural light sources for the structure with big windows to let in the sun. The museum’s cooling system is another example of its sustainability. It uses water from nearby Guanabara Bay to help regulate temperatures inside the building. Energy comes from solar spines on the roof which help power the museum. The spines can be adjusted to the angle of the sun’s rays throughout the day. The project team claims the museum takes 9% of its energy from the sun.”

For a deeper look at their extensive use of projects using metal from structural steel to aluminum composite panel to cladding and metalwork, check out the Gotca Group‘s portfolio.

METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction and design industry. Established in 1991, it’s the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Contractors, architects, developers, owners, fabricators, manufacturers and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend each year. Industry experts from 200 leading companies exhibit the latest products, solutions and game-changingtechnologies while sharing their knowledge with attendees. METALCON’S success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association. For more information on the Metal in Architecture design contest, click HERE.

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