The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) recently released exterior renderings for its new museum at the Jacksonville Shipyards, as it seeks to expand its capacity and become a world class attraction. Created by DLR Group in partnership with kasper architects + associates and SCAPE, the building concept is inspired by the movement and flow of the water that has played such an important role in Jacksonville’s history.

Conceptual exterior designs illustrate the proposed 130,000-square-foot building rising in terraces from the river up toward the city with a spiral circulation path linking the lower level to a roof terrace above. The circulation path fluidly connects three themed exhibition spaces that are central to the MOSH mission: the Natural Ecosystem, the Cultural Ecosystem and the Innovation Ecosystem. A sheltered rooftop event terrace overlooking the river will also offer a 360 degree view of Downtown Jacksonville, including TIAA Bank Field and the Southbank skyline.

“Our architecture team has spent more than eight months evaluating the Shipyards property, data from nearly a decade of community input sessions and direction from the MOSH Genesis site committee. Their design is immediately recognizable, and surpasses what we had imagined for the iconic Museum that our community deserves,” said Bruce Fafard, CEO of MOSH.

“This transformational reimagining of the museum reinforces MOSH’s role as a vital civic institution and a destination for accessible, immersive and technologically advanced experiences, while honoring its historic commitment to education,” said Vanessa Kassabi an, AIA, LEED AP, principal and senior design leader, DLR Group. “We are thrilled to partner with MOSH, kasper and SCAPE to help bring this project to the community.”

The release comes on the heels of MOSH’s inaugural GALAXY fundraiser, presented by Warren Equity Partners and Dream Finders Homes. The sold out event drew 500+ Museum supporters to the black tie gala on Saturday, April 30, which generated more than $500,000 for the MOSH Genesis capital campaign. MOSH hopes to break ground on the +$85 million project by the end of 2023.

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