Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & Record reveals exterior of long run riverfront residence

A lot less than a 12 months right after it was introduced that DLR Team experienced been tapped by Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH) to design its 133,000-sq.-foot new home on the city’s downtown riverfront, a handful of renderings depicting the exterior of the very predicted museum have been exposed.

Signing up for DLR team for the so-named MOSH Genesis Task is neighborhood organization kasper architects + associates and SCAPE.

Influenced by the “movement and flow of drinking water,” the design strategy of the new museum complex pays  homage to its outstanding locale together the Northbank of the St. Johns River in the revitalized Jacksonville Shipyards. The constructing rises from the riverfront through a series of terraces with a spiraling circulation ramp connecting the reduce level to a rooftop terrace that attributes a sheltered function space and, of training course, features sweeping views of downtown Jacksonville and over and above. As famous in a push announcement unveiling the style, this spiral circulation route “fluidly” connects MOSH’s 3 main exhibition areas: Pure Ecosystem, the Cultural Ecosystem, and the Innovation Ecosystem. Readers enter the setting up through a soaring glazed atrium that “provides visibility toward the exhibitions, immersive theaters, and educational areas whilst also offering a dynamic, light-filled house that draws people into the heart of the creating.” The structure, the museum ongoing, “integrates interior exhibitions with the community realm by delivering exterior space for exhibitions and programming.”

In a assertion MOSH CEO Bruce Bafard heralded the team’s style as currently being “immediately recognizable” and surpassing “what we experienced imagined for the iconic Museum that our neighborhood warrants.”

(DLR Group/Courtesy MOSH)

“This transformational reimagining of the museum reinforces MOSH’s part as a critical civic establishment and a place for available, immersive and technologically innovative activities, when honoring its historic dedication to education,” extra Vanessa Kassabian, principal and senior design and style leader with DLR Group. “We are thrilled to partner with MOSH, kasper, and SCAPE to aid provide this challenge to the neighborhood.”

Supplemental style and design particulars from DLR Group are forthcoming.

As earlier documented by AN, MOSH—the most popular museum in Florida’s most populous city—has been situated at its beloved but getting old present facility together the Southbank Riverwalk considering that the late 1960s. MOSH was first chartered as the Jacksonville Children’s Museum in 1941, starting to be the Jacksonville Museum of Arts & Sciences in 1977. In 1988, the nonprofit institution was bestowed with its recent identify following a important expansion and renovation project that involved the addition of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium (formerly the Alexander Brest Planetarium). Irrespective of the main late 1980s expansion and subsequent renovations, MOSH has steadily outgrown its 77,000-sq.-foot house, necessitating an totally new museum constructing at the Jacksonville Shipyards. A earlier announced $80 million program to even more broaden and renovate MOSH’s Southbank campus was in the long run scrapped, and the relocation plan was initially introduced in October 2020.

The $85 million–plus MOSH Genesis task will allow the museum to “meet the expanding demand from customers for reveals and courses that inspire innovation” with committed spaces for exhibitions, activities, instructional programming. Early projections have believed that MOSH will be in a position to serve 58,000 pupils (double the pre-pandemic selection) and 469,000 site visitors (a 168 per cent raise) every year by shifting into noticeably far more spacious digs throughout the river.

rendering of a musuem complex on the water
(DLR Group/Courtesy MOSH)
a riverfront museum complex at night
(DLR Team/Courtesy MOSH)

Jacksonville’s Downtown Make investments Authority (DIA) unanimously permitted ideas for the four-acre museum web site on the east aspect of the Shipyards in January a finalized $1 for every yr ground lease agreement is presently becoming ironed out with the metropolis, for every the Florida Times-Union. The just-uncovered design comes soon after 8 months of evaluating the exclusive riverfront website and poring more than decades of info from neighborhood engagement sessions. The structure now need to be permitted by the city’s Downtown Improvement Evaluate Board.

The DLR Group–led design staff was chosen past August as portion of a aggressive, eight-month-lengthy approach spearheaded by the MOSH Board of Trustees and the Genesis Oversight Committee. The two other finalist groups have been led by SmithGroup and Grimshaw Architects.

“MOSH will have a extraordinary influence on the Jacksonville location, telling its unique tale of human and organic record and lifestyle, innovation and latest science,” said DLR Group Senior Principal Paul Westlake, who sales opportunities the Omaha-established global design firm’s Cultural + Executing Arts apply, in a preceding assertion. “We are honored to be part of this groundbreaking venture and are fortunate to be partners with both equally kasper architects and SCAPE. Erik Kasper and his group amazed us with their style ethos, know-how of Jacksonville processes and their deep community-services endeavours. Kate Orff and the SCAPE staff believe landscape architecture can empower good adjust in communities by regenerating living infrastructure and general public landscapes.”

(Courtesy MOSH)

On April 30, MOSH hosted its inaugural GALAXY fundraiser, a marketed-out black-tie celebration that generated extra than $500,000 for the MOSH Genesis cash campaign. As noted by the Florida Instances-Union, the museum has elevated about $33 million to date for its new $85 million home even though that figure is predicted to soar as the first expense estimates were created again in 2018.

The selection of an exhibition designer is forthcoming.