The final designs for the new Miami Science Museum in Florida, US, have been revealed by London-based Grimshaw Architects.
Costing $275m, the museum will have a retro-modern look in a park-like setting while incorporating the latest green and interactive technologies.
The 250,000ft² museum, which is located in a four-acre site, will comprise four interconnected, terraced structures set around an open-air atrium lined with terraces, and a canopy outfitted with skylights.
The terraced structures will feature an oblong containing an aquarium and Gulfstream tank, a planetarium orb, two squared-off wings in a V-shaped exhibition space, classrooms and cafes.
The plans are endorsed by the city’s Urban Development Review Board, however, final approval must be won from the Miami City Commission.
Construction will begin in 2011 and the complex will open in 2014, according to Miami Herald.
The project is expected to receive $175m from Miami-Dade County bonds while $100m must be raised privately, of which $23m has already been secured in pledges.