Why has downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park been closed for the past few years? Because city officials, architects, and construction crews are working tirelessly on the city’s most exciting new bayside destination: Miami’s Museum Park. During the next two years, Bicentennial Park will reemerge as Museum Park, with two new museums and a reimagined transit stop.
In late 2013, the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will have a new neighbor between them. Museum Park’s first tenant, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, will be a 200,000-square-foot exhibition and education center focusing on works from the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The building’s design blurs the distinction of indoor and outdoor spaces by featuring open galleries and ample verandas, allowing visitors to enjoy the works of art alongside skyline views and a visual connection to the water.
About a year after the Art Museum’s debut, 2015 will see the arrival of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Aside from exhibit space and learning centers, the 250,000-square-foot complex will contain a 600,000-gallon aquarium and a full-dome 3D theater. Setting the stage for sustainable development initiatives, the building will take advantage of the natural resources along Miami’s Biscayne Bay by harnessing sun, wind, and water energy.
In addition to the two museums, transportation engineers are reinventing the adjacent MetroMover station. Miami’s MetroMover is a free, elevated automatic people mover with three lines running through the city’s core neighborhoods. The revamped Museum Park station takes both environmental design and urban placemaking into consideration. The building’s shell is made of an energy efficient fluorine-based plastic called EFTE. At night, the station is lit by its very own solar panels and wind generators to signal arriving and departing trains, creating a stunning addition to the park’s Museum Plaza.
Miami’s shoreline is about to get a major makeover with two new museums and a high-tech transit stop, ushering in an era of innovative venues that are both culturally significant and environmentally smart.
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