Propelled by John F Kennedy's bold speech, the Apollo Program had a lofty goal - to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960's. On July 20, 1969, people around the world watched the successful landing of Apollo 11 and our first walk on the moon. Capturing the imaginations of the people around the world, the lunar landing was just one of the remarkable accomplishments of a program that spanned 1961-1972.
Stantec Architecture, working with Morris Architects and BRC Imagination Arts, were challenged to design a visitor center at the Kennedy Space Centre to celebrate the Apollo program and house one of the four remaining Saturn V rockets.
The challenge? To create an experience which captures the wonder, emotion and excitement generated by the Apollo missions, in a manner that resonates with today's audience.
Through modern experiential storytelling, visitors to the center take a journey with the astronauts, from planning, to launch, to moon landing and return. The Center inspires today's guests with the significant accomplishments of the Apollo and Saturn V program. Central to the experience is the dramatic display of a 365-foot Saturn V rocket – the largest rocket ever built and flown by humans.