The Mind Museum
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|The Mind Museum at the Fort Makati|
|Location||Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
The Mind Museum is an educational facility aimed at fostering the public understanding of science. It is located on a 1.2 hectare lot in the J. Y. Campos Park in Bonifacio Global City, a fast-rising central business district in Makati City, Philippines. The museum opens in March 2012, and a Pre-Opening Ceremony took place last Dec 15, 2011. The project proponent is the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI), chaired by Joselito D. Campos, with Vice-Chair Fernando Zobel de Ayala and President Antonino T. Aquino. Managing Director is Manny Blas II and the Curator is Maria Isabel Garcia.
The Mind Museum just had its soft opening Dec 15, 2011 for donors and special partners to signal the completion of major works in the building and exhibition but when completely open to the public sometime in March 2012, it will have more than 250 interactive exhibits in five galleries: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology. Science Center Singapore is museum planning consultant with Jack Rouse Associates as master planner and designer of the exhibition halls. Ed Calma is the building architect.
Cost of the project is estimated at Pesos 1 billion (US $ 23.5 million), funded totally by private donations from corporations and individuals. 90% of the exhibits are designed and fabricated by Filipino designers, scientists and fabricators.
The space-age design of The Mind Museum  is the brainchild of a team of architects from Lor Calma & Partners, led by renowned architect Ed Calma. The inspiration behind the building's futuristic, yet organic look was based on cell growth and molecular structures.
Mirroring the functionality of nature, some features of the building's innovative and sustainable design include: slanted exterior walls to minimize the entry of sunlight, a specially curved roof for more efficient rain collection, and strategic orientation to utilize the shadows of adjacent buildings, all of which contribute to more energy efficiency. Ed counts the form and location of The Mind Museum as his favorite things about the museum; he believes that it has an interesting place in "a sea of box buildings and it celebrates the terminus of the [Bonifacio] High Street axis" - a combination that is sure to awe visitors.
Ed was drawn to The Mind Museum by the idea that it would influence a generation of Filipinos to see science and art in a different light. In particular, he hopes that the museum will help people to see the connection between the two fields, as well as remove the intimidating edge from science.