First building in Latin America designed by the world known architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo in Panama will open its doors in May 2014.
Panama has one of the highest concentrations of different (known) species, in a territory of only 75,000 square kilometers. 3 million years ago, the emergence of the isthmus of Panama changed the climate and biodiversity on the planet, playing a key role in the creation of the natural world we know today.
The building was conceived mainly to tell a story: how the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama changed the history of our planet. A team of experts from the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama developed the scientific content: Biomuseowill tell the story of the appearance of the Isthmus of Panama three million years ago, and how this sprouting joined lands and divided oceans, changing life on Earth. It is a dramatic example of how living creatures and their relationship with the environment can become unknown and powerful agents of change.
Inspired to the tropical environment of the region, the conceptual design by Bruce Mau Design will host eight galleries, two aquariums and a botanical garden.
The Biomuseo plans to have a profound impact on education, primarily in subjects related to biodiversity.