ADG served as one of three architecture firms competing in a design competition, which included programming, master planning, design, cost estimating, schematic design and conceptual design of a renovation and 25,000 sq ft new addition to the museum. The project consists of an existing 59,700 sq ft Museum renovation, replacement of water damaged galleries and a planetarium, and the addition of a 25,000 sq ft new entrance gallery, lobby reception area, various gallery spaces, administration space, storage and work space. The Museum requested that the design approach provide for a new branding image and entry experience. The idea was to incorporate FEMA funding for the replacement of damaged areas and Donor Funding for additional revitalized areas and program offerings. ADG’s approach was to create a Great Hall concept, which nestled between the existing buildings and weaved together a fractured complex of buildings and forms. The ground level sits far above the water table protected from potential flooding. The building is designed with high performance glazing and exterior paneling that can resist wind, rain, and hurricane impact while having a super high efficiency. The surrounding landscape includes hidden paths found within the hydric swamp which serves as an inspiration for the meandering form of the Great Hall as well as the control of diffuse natural light as found in the adjacent forest of filtered light. The sculptural metal skin is reflective for efficiency, but equally intended to be a sculptural element that creates a sense of arrival dignifying the Arts and Science being exhibited within the facility.
Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Science