Gallery: Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will ...

Renzo Piano’s MUSE (MUseo delle ScienzE or Natural Science Museum) in Trento, Italy integrates sustainability on the macro and the micro level. It’s not only a sustainable building, but a sustainable urban intervention designed to have an impact on the entire city. On an urban scale, it revitalizes a former brownfield site that was once home to a Michelin tire manufacturing plant. It connects this riverfront area of Trento, adjacent to the Adige River, to the city's center and creates a public attraction for visitors while drawing activity to a formerly neglected part of town. And on the building scale, it reduces energy use by taking advantage of photovoltaic panels, geothermal energy and excellent passive cooling design. It also harvests rainwater to irrigate its indoor garden and uses locally-sourced and renewable materials throughout.

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