Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Location: Miami, Florida   
Services: Structural  
Expertise: Structural

Project Overview

Viewed from above, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Aquarium resembles the organic shape of a water droplet. The four-level structure contains the Gulf Stream Aquarium vessel, a 100-foot wide 500,000-gallon cone-shaped aquarium.

The façade is a one-of-a-kind doubly curving stucco and tile fully vented cavity structure with graceful lines reminiscent of the bow of a seafaring vessel.

The tiled skin of this building has a constantly changing curvature with a linear pattern superimposed onto it and a 3/16” tolerance. The three-inch round tiles are flat, convex, or concave. Aesthetic and robust, the façade was required to demonstrate compliance with Miami-Dade NOA.

The team developed a process that enabled them to take the two-dimensional details, deploy them three-dimensionally and create a feedback loop to gain exposure on the project all the way around.