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Grimshaw beats Zaha to Miami Science Museum

Grimshaw has pipped Zaha Hadid into second place and snatched victory in the high-profile competition to design the new £140 million Miami Science Museum in the USA.

The practice saw off entries from 35 other international firms, including fellow Brits Wilkinson Eyre, to land the much-sought-after project.

An eight-strong panel of judges picked the London-based architect to design the new museum complex - which will feature an aquarium, a 300-seat planetarium, galleries, laboratories, a rooftop observatory and a studio theatre - after two days of intense judging.

The 18,000m2 scheme for the 1.6ha site in Museum Park will sit next to Herzog & de Meuron's Miami Art Museum and will replace the institution's existing, 40-year-old museum and planetarium.

Museum benefactors now need to find almost a third of the project's budget before it can get off the ground.

It is hoped the scheme will complete in 2011.

by Richard Waite

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