To design the new science center at the American Museum of Natural History, the architect melted a block of ice.
Rendering of the Gilder Center (credit: Studio Gang Architects)
Jeanne Gang, founder and design principal at Gang Architects, melted the ice to visualize how water flows and can shape natural structures — think rock formations — and replicated the effect when she designed the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, she said on Wednesday. Inside the curvaceous glassy building, a network of smooth concrete arches will connect different exhibits, culminating in a 21,000-square-foot Collections Core, where different specimens and artifacts will be displayed.
At a news conference on Wednesday, the museum released new details about the project, which will span 235,000 square feet and is expected to cost $340 million. Of that projected cost, $277 million has already been raised. The new building will feature an insectarium, a butterfly vivarium, classrooms, research centers and more.
The center consists of a new 194,000-square-foot building, which then will connect to existing museum buildings. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrity astrophysicist with the museum and star of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, commended the design s pairing of new and old.
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