Construction is well underway for a new 250,000-square-foot science museum in Miami, the next big anchor in a waterfront park project that took more than a decade to come to fruition.
When it opens in 2016, the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which broke ground in 2012, will join the one-year-old Pérez Art Museum Miami, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, in the city's newly remade and renamed Museum Park. After 14 years of planning, the park that opened in June is a simpler and cheaper version of the original Cooper, Robertson & Partners design, according to the Miami Herald.
The Frost Museum of Science is currently located near the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, roughly 3 miles as the crow flies from the under-construction museum designed by New York's Grimshaw and local firm Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects Chartered. Gillian Thomas, the museum's CEO and president, took ARCHITECT on a hard-hat tour of the site earlier this month.
The museum design includes a 500,000-gallon aquarium tank that will be visible from the roof and sides, as well as from a 30-foot tilted window at the base of the tank. The 250-seat planetarium on the Biscayne Boulevard side will feature projections on the outside. The museum anticipates more than 700,000 visitors each year.