Renew—and rethink—a great aquarium
On a pier in Boston Harbor, an aging black-box Aquarium had turned its back on its site and its region. The East Wing Expansion was a vertical design challenge addressing the region's own waters. Five floors of exhibits included a 750,000-gallon Gulf of Maine habitat at its base and a 350,000-gallon rocky coast exhibit on its roof. Leveraging its living exhibits through a networked system of cameras, sensors, visitor interfaces and internet connections, the New England Aquarium would become a portal into the world it represents. Immersive aquatic exhibits and remote technologies would transform visitors into explorers both inside the Aquarium's walls and beyond them to the Gulf of Maine.
Conceptual and Schematic Design
110,000 square feet
Project cancelled after 9/11