The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is currently under construction in Miami's Museum Park, just next door to the new Perez Art Museum. The $275 million building is expected to be completed in early 2015, when visitors will be able to see sharks swimming over them in an Everglades-to-ocean, 500,000 gallon aquarium replicating the Gulf Stream.
Just one of the many displays, the Gulf Stream Tank will be open to the sun and sky and viewable from all five floors of the Museum, which will collect and reuse rainwater. Additional aquarium exhibits will include diving birds, a mangrove nursery, a living Indo-Pacific coral tank, an Atlantic reef fish tank, and a ray touch pool. Thinc designed the major features of the aquarium displays in what is known as the ‘Living Core’ of the building.
The 250,000 square foot Museum is described as a “living building” and is designed by Grimshaw Architects, the firm responsible for the Manhattan Transit Authority’s Fulton Center. Structured around lushly landscaped, indoor and outdoor, terrestrial and aquatic exhibits, the Museum will also feature a state-of-the-art digital dome, hands-on exhibits and interactive digital technology. The Museum is working towards LEED certification for energy use, waste management, and environmental impact upon completion, but has already won a Britweek Business Innovation Award for Innovation in Sustainability.
According to the Museum’s website, its “Energy Center will provide a central location for monitoring all of the data streams related to the ‘green’ building’s performance, from water consumption to the amount of renewable energy generated right on the site. Accompanying exhibits will explore emerging technologies, and an adjacent outdoor Energy Playground will provide young visitors with fun and educational opportunities to burn off their own energy, while learning about our planet’s resources … Through instant surveys, visitors will be able to evaluate their overall environmental priorities and potential solutions.”
A reported five million pounds of concrete will be needed to form the Living Core that houses the Gulf Stream aquarium tank. The Museum is performing a 12-hour foundation pour of the aquarium in August.
Images by Grimshaw Architects