The Discovery Zone, at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fla. has entered the fabrication stage.
Designed for young children and families by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (New York), the Discovery Zone is slated to open to the public in July 2017. The Discovery Zone serves as an introductory experience to the FLMNH’s major collections and research in the areas of archaeology, ethnography, natural sciences, and paleontology. It conveys that our world is rich in biological diversity and cultural heritage, and that understanding and appreciating our past and present world can inspire us to make a difference in our future. The exhibits encourage children and their caretakers to care about life on earth and cultural heritage, and their role within these spheres.
Discovery Zone will feature familiar flora and fauna found in a typical North Florida backyard. A larger-than-life sculpture of a Zebra Longwing butterfly (Florida’s state butterfly) and its host plant, the Passionflower, form a centerpiece to the exhibit. Other self-directed activity areas encourage visitors to Play (pre-schoolers), Pretend, Explore and Study through interactive and collections-based experiences.
See more on the project here.
Images courtesy of LHSA+DP