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Designing a Museum for the Mind

The world has seen the Brain Museum in Bangalore and IBM’s Think exhibit in NYC but are they ready for architect Ed Calma’s Mind Museum?

My first question was… Who is Ed Calma? Apparently he is the latest and greatest of young museum designers. His new brainiac attraction officially opens its doors (softly) on December 15th and will be open to the public in early 2012.  It will be the Philippines’ first world-class science museum occupies a 12,000-square meter (129,166 square feet) premier lot in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The museum also features all of the latest and greatest sustainable design elements including a green roof which helps insulate the interior spaces from the scorching sun. To try to maximize natural light without excessive heat gain, Calma also placed a large glass facade on the side of the building that is shaded the majority of the day by adjacent buildings.  The roof doesn’t just give the building a spaceship-like quality, but its sleek aerodynamicism allows for efficient rain water collection and wind gust prevention.

The Mind Museum is said to have over 250 interactive exhibits attempting to showcase the wonders of science.  Five main galleries will tell the story of the universe, atom, life, Earth, and technology. An outdoor park adjacent to building will have interactive exhibits, designed by various artists and landscape architects, that are centered around the science Music, Water, Living, and Mathematics. Educational programming will occupy state of the art learning environments throughout the building.

For more information, visit http://www.themindmuseum.org.