On Earth Day, the National Children's Museum unveiled plans for a new building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. If all goes as planned, the building will obtain LEED certification and open in 2013. The design reflects the Museum's mission to inspire children to care about and improve the world. NCM's new, 150,000 square-foot facility will be built at National Harbor with some of the following green features:
- Wind turbine – a fanciful wind turbine will generate on-site green energy for the future LEED building;
- Sun reflectors – a number of reflective panels on the roof will deflect sunlight, minimize artificial lighting, and reduce daytime energy loads;
- Living wall – the south-facing facade will incorporate a cable and tray system to support a framework for the huge living, green wall;
- Green roof – a green roof will absorb rainwater, improve thermal insulation, and reduce heat island effect; and
- Recycled materials – the new building will use recycled steel and brick from demolished buildings.
Speaking of the design, Cesar Pelli, Senior Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, said: "Areas of the structure vary in shape and size to create a ‘village of forms’ that provides great architectural scale and experiential variety to the visitor, along with intuitive wayfinding and seamless interaction between exhibits, programs, and activities. In all aspects, the design seeks to encourage and inspire children to think about their role in the community and the world."
Rendering credits: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.