Environmental Focus for Miami’s New Science Museum

By on February 13, 2012.

ArquitectonicaGEO, the integral landscape architecture division of Miami’s longtime architecture firm Arquitectonica, has designed the ecologically motivated outdoor spaces for the new Miami Science Museum located along Downtown Miami’s waterfront. The new museum is part of Miami’s vision to focus energy along their once overlooked downtown water’s edge. It will be located inside Museum Park adjacent to the new Miami Art Museum, all currently under construction and to be completed by 2015. The museum has incorporated a green roof, storm water rain garden, and food forest that will let the “living” landscape begin the teaching experience even before the user enters the state of the art museum.


The half-acre rain garden fronting Miami’s notable Biscayne Boulevard will collect storm water run-off from adjacent streets, filtering it through the natural and native planted urban ecosystem. When the rain garden reaches its peak “flooded” capability, it can house 7,000 cubic feet of water while the associated cistern can accommodate up to 25,000 gallons of run-off water.  Irrigation and potable water for the site is greatly reduced by the storm water cistern and native plant material, continuing the environmental and educational mission of the museum


A native palm arboretum will showcase examples of Florida’s native palm species. Patrons will be allowed to be to walk at ground level to experience the height of mature Royal and Cabbage Palms or study less familiar species such as the keys thatch palm.


“Food Forests” on the site’s green roof and in raised planter beds at ground level, will house self-renewing, self-fertilizing and soil enhancing food production plots. These plots will construct the many layers of a permaculture diagram, from large fruit and nut trees to small root vegetables.

Images: Arquitectonica GEO