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Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center, Downey, California, United States 
Saturday 17 Mar 2007
 
Triumph over tragedy 
 
Arquitectonica Architects 
 
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Arquitectonica unveils design for museum honoring Space Shuttle Columbia crew 

Arquitectonica Architects has unveiled the design for a new science center honoring the American crew who lost their lives in the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy four year ago. The 18,000 sq ft museum, which is a soaring symbol of optimism, will sit in a 160-acre park where it will anchor the billion dollar Downey’s Landing project, a mixed use redevelopment of a former Boeing aerospace testing complex in Downey California, what will also house a 1.7 million square-foot movie studio, a 400,000-square-foot shopping center and an 812,000-square foot medical complex. Dubbed the Columbia Memorial Space Science & Learning Center, the building features a distinctively shaped, shimmering silver skin that will reflect sunlight and the sky’s colors. Inside, a dramatic double height lobby connects visitors to the Space Science Discovery Zone that features interactive exhibits about the principals of flight, living in space, the search for life beyond earth, and the origins of the universe. There is also a Mars Robotics Lab where young visitors can design and program their own working robots. The US$6 million Center is scheduled to open in 2008.

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