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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston, Texas

For the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s most significant and comprehensive expansion to-date, Gensler began with the enlargement of the existing Grand Hall and IMAX Theater, then proceeded to upgrade institutional infrastructure with new parking decks and an energy-efficient central mechanical plant. Though significant in scope, these projects were just a prelude to the pivotal component: a new 200,000-square-foot wing comprising exhibition, education, office and event spaces across five floors. The vast new Paleontology Hall serves as the centerpiece of the project, displaying a comprehensive timeline of prehistoric life.