Gallery: Reclaimed Factory Makes Fascinating Statement on Sustainabilit...

The Earth Gallery is a fascinating 262 foot-long embedded earth hall with walls made from 1/2 inch corrugated sheets that absorb the sun's heat and transfers it to the rest of the building. The turning hall has mirrors at the corners to reflect daylight down its passages.

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Set on its own .21 square mile island, the Museum allows only 50 visitors a day. From afar they can see the six enormous brick smoke stacks in various stages of decay. Only when they arrive can they see the low-slung glass and white stone building. The entire complex is a large passive heating and cooling machine that use the 98 foot tall smoke stack adjacent to gallery to suck air out of the complex. The galleries themselves provide all the heating and cooling.


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