A CULTURAL ICON
Located at the center of the Queensway Bay waterfront development, this aquarium serves as both an icon for the community and a metaphor for the ocean it adjoins. Inside and out, the building is a fluid, organic space in which the traditional barriers between people, architecture, exhibits, and the natural environment are purposefully dissolved. Along with exhibits and educational spaces such as classrooms, hands-on learning labs, and a theater, the aquarium has a cafe and three terraces that overlook the ocean.
Aquarium of the Pacific Expansion
Location: Long Beach, CA
Client: Aquarium of the Pacific
Architectural Firm: EHDD
Year Built: Construction expected to finish in 2018
Expansion Size: 29,000 sq. ft.
Awards: 2007 Livable Building Award
A NEW FACADE
Over 800 glass panels covering an area of 18,000 square feet will create the dramatic curves of the building’s biomorphic architecture.
MORE GALLERY SPACE
The expanded Changing Exhibit Gallery will double the existing changing exhibit gallery space, adding a total of 6,000 square feet.
A PLACE FOR THE COMMUNITY
The front pavilion will host cultural festivals, outdoor programs, and art installations, serving as a gathering place for the community.