National Children's Museum by Pelli Clarke

National Children's Museum by Pelli Clarke

Did you know that there are 48 million children under 13 in the US? Well, the new National Children´s Museum is for all of them, inspiring them to care about and improve the world. The design, by renowed architects Pelli Clarke was unveiled a couple of days ago, and includes over 150,000 sqf to house permanent exhibitions by three prominent design firms – Amaze Design, Roto Studios, and Aldrich Pears.

After the break, more images and the green features of this LEED-certified project.

The 150,000 square-foot, LEED-certified building will be built using recycled and sustainable materials and will incorporate a number of green features in the new building, including:

A Wind Turbine: The building’s wind turbine, a symbol of NCM’s commitment to sustainable and renewable energy, will be a source of power. • A Sun Reflector: A series of reflective panels on the roof of the arrival space will reflect sunlight, minimize artificial lighting, and reduce energy loads during the day. • A Living Wall: The Museum’s south facing façade features a cable and tray system to support a framework for a living, green wall. The Living Wall will shade the building from the bright, hot southern sun, helping to cool the building and reduce energy demands. • A Green Roof: A green roof system will provide for sedums and small scale planting, absorb rainwater (reducing storm run off), improve thermal insulation, and reduce the “heat island” effect. • Recycled Materials: The new Museum will use recycled structural steel and some recycled brick from demolished buildings.

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "National Children's Museum by Pelli Clarke" 23 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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