Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo
  • © Rafael Gamo

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

USA

Local Authority Area

Not in UK/ROI

Information about this scheme

“Frost Science” was designed to share experiential learning with a great number of Miami-Dade citizens and visitors while placing the museum on the map as a world class learning institution. There was an early commitment to provide an ambitious building that would be an exhibit in and of itself to tell a story of sustainability while providing an innovative, yet flexible response to the programming needs. Programming requirements included a state-of-the-art planetarium, a wildlife centre, birds of prey rehabilitation centre, expanded class rooms, and an exciting core aquarium as the main magnet for visitors. The design response is a welcoming “living” building, relying not only on its architecture but the local environment as well to create a full experience. The natural world plays a huge role in making the architecture what it is, whether it’s the view to Biscayne Bay, the soft light of the golden hour on the curving façade of the aquarium building, or breezes funnelling between the museum’s four distinct buildings creating visitor comfort even in the hot summer months. From a mechanical sense, the museum is eminently adaptable, capable of responding to the needs of evolving function or programmatic growth. Adaptability is an essential part of the design, enabling the museum to integrate ever more sophisticated travelling exhibits and upgrade existing exhibits over time. Frost Science is designed as a campus with an array of buildings connected by exterior walkways and balconies.  The entire public circulation of the building is in the exterior, inviting visitors to view the landscape of Miami as they weave in and out of interior spaces. Visitors take a journey through the building – beginning on the top floor looking down into the Gulf Stream Aquarium and continuing to lower levels, visitors proceed “deeper” into the ocean, where the interiors are darker and new viewpoints into the aquatic habitats are visible. This journey continues through the interior spaces reaching the grand finale viewing experience of looking up into the 1,892,700 litre, multi-story “martini glass” saltwater aquarium.

Credits

Architect

Grimshaw

Other

Rodriguez & Quiroga (Record Architect)

Structural Engineer

Arup

Structural Engineer

DDA Engineers

Other

Syska Hennessy Group (M&E Consultant)

Other

Arup (M&E Consultant)

Other

Fraga Engineers (M&E Consultant)

Façade Engineering

Arup

Façade Engineering

Heitmann & Associates

Primary Use Class

Class D1e - Museums