The Miami Science Museum in the US has broken ground on a new $275m facility, which will be the new home of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
The facility, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is expected to open in 2015 on a site overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Miami Downtown Development Authority director Alyce Robertson said: "It will be another destination to take people to, especially young people that will leave a lasting impression."
According to the architects, the new building will be designed to inspire the mind, engage the senses and stimulate the imagination.
Structured around a landscaped indoor space and outdoor living core it will exhibit terrestrial and aquatic objects in its digital dome aquarium.
After completion, the 23,226m² complex is expected to tap energy from water, the sun, wind and visitors, by allowing them to dance on the floor, to power exhibits and conserve resources.
It will also include photovoltaic panels to generate onsite energy; a climate responsive design and natural ventilation in the parking garage and all exterior areas.
The new museum facility will have a 600,000gal aquarium, a 3-D planetarium, cafes and interactive exhibits.
After completion, the facility will be several times larger than its current building, which takes up 6,968m² between the building and grounds.
A five-storey building will be built resembling the bow of a cruise ship on one side, while the facility will be positioned to catch the prevailing winds off Biscayne Bay with the goal of making outdoor areas comfortable even in the summer season.
Sustainable features in the building will include a rainwater collection system and photovoltaic cells on the roof.
Miami-Dade County bond issue will fund $165m while the remaining $110m will come through private fundraising, out of which 70% has already been secured.
Image: The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has been designed by Grimshaw Architects. Photo: Miasci.org.