The Mind Museum is the first world-class Science museum in the country, featuring over 250 interactive exhibits that help people learn Science in a fascinating way. But did you know that the building is also a science exhibit in itself? More than just providing a futuristic design to the building, its intricate architecture actually provides sustainable and eco-friendly elements to the facility.
Staying true to the vision of the Bonifacio Arts Foundation Inc, Architect Ed Calma conceived an elaborate blueprint for The Mind Museum that included green features down to its very structure. Just recently, The Mind Museum has been awarded a gold certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a third party verification system for measuring building sustainability. Some of the more notable features include:
- Rainwater catchment. Their facility is designed to collect rainwater which they could use for flushing and other housekeeping tasks. Collecting rainwater also helps reduce flooding by lessening the water that goes into the public drains.
- Their ventilation system is connected to a Dedicated Outdoor System (DOAS) which supplies fresh air to the circulating air within the facility. Their Building Management System (BMS) and Variable Air Volume (VAV) mechanisms maintain 24 degrees C and automatically adjust the temperature only when more people come in the building.
- They have a “green” roof. Their roof is partially covered in vegetation which insulates the building from outdoor heat, thereby reducing the cooling requirements of the building.
- Aside from adding a futuristic appeal to the building, the slanted walls were specifically constructed to provide better lighting in the area by avoiding direct sunlight.
More than just making people appreciate and understand Science, The Mind Museum wants their visitors to exemplify environmental sustainability as part of their museum experience. They want to show people that being green should be a necessity rather than an option. As the museum’s curator Maribel Garcia put it, “Whether you’re a tree hugger or you’re a businessman, it should make sense to you to be green.”
The Mind Museum
J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Taguig City
(02)909 64 63