Muse, a new science museum in Trento, Italy, has debuted with a design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The building’s large roof slopes to create a distinctive outline that mirrors the surrounding mountain peaks. Natural light floods interior volumes, which also reflect the hilly environment. A vast covered square welcomes visitors while subtly dividing the public section of the building from staff offices and labs.
The seven-story museum (with two of the floors underground) houses permanent and temporary exhibitions, a conference hall, tropical greenhouse, and a café. Designed to LEED Silver standards, the building uses solar and geothermal energy, local concrete and stone, bamboo floors in exhibit areas, and rainwater collection for irrigation.