The National Children’s Museum, which has been without a home for five years, has unveiled plans for a new building to be designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli architects. To be located in National Harbor, Maryland just outside the nation’s capital, the new building will be a physical manifestation of the museum’s mission to inspire children to care about and improve the world. As such, Pelli has incorporated many green features into the Museum’s design including a wind turbine tower, a wall of living plants, a green roof and sun louvers to admit and control natural light.
When completed, the 150,000 sq ft four-storey LEED-certified building will serve as a teaching tool for children, inspiring them to be good stewards of the environment. Other features of the building include a boat slip on the Potomac, which will accommodate science and boating activities and a gathering space in the nearby woodlands. The new museum is slated to open in 2013.