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With London’s 2012 Olympics plans moving into the final strait, attention is beginning to shift to Rio de Janeiro, with the Brazilian city set to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

A key part of the city’s succesful bid to host the games has been unveiled, with Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava revealing the model for his grandly titled Museum of Tomorrow.

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow

Source: Santiago Calatrava, LLC

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow

The museum is proposed for the city’s Pier Maua, and is a key part of Rio’s Olympic urban regeneration commitment.

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow

Source: Santiago Calatrava, LLC

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow

Calatrava says the design takes inspiration from the citizens of Rio, as well as the surrounding historical landmarks. The museum will feature a moving façade extending almost the full length of the pier.

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow

Source: Santiago Calatrava, LLC

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow

The museum also resembles a giant, white fish stretched out across the pier, and while there is no video available yet showing the moving façade in action, it is likely that the site of flapping brise soleil fins will only add to this appearance.

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