People find an aquarium to be a place of wonders, adventures, new discoveries and the source of valuable lessons.. “Sea Pulp” Tries to answer that perception. It’s an organic shape surrounded by water and fountains, located in the middle of the site, leaving enough room for a big public place. The aim of the simple place surrounding the Project is to give the waterfront to the people of Queens and New York City, where they can have a walk, do sport ,or have a nap while enjoying the view of Manhattan, and the curved soft Sea pulp shape.
ANABLE AQUARIUM QUEENS SOCIAL SHELL
Inspired by the flowing spaces formed by sea shells scattered on the beach, we proposed a building complex where buildings shaped like shells coming out of the sand create interconnected green areas for bringing people together and injecting a new forms of social life in this part of the city. The Aquarium, stands out as an iconic landmark, that can be seen from both the East River and Manhattan Island. At night illuminated by solar powered LEDs it’s a site asking to be discovered.
The Vertical Aquarium
Vertical Aquarium is a challenge towards the existing paradigm of aquariums, which designates fish tanks as installations with architecture as its shell. The Vertical Aquarium integrates the aquarium as part of architecture – as pillars, windows, walls, ceilings, and structure. This creates a vertical experience for the visitors, inviting them to look up and see through multiple layers of aquariums as well as the architecture.
The aquarium complex is consisted of three separate buildings. The main exhibition building, the education building, and the shower and changing rooms for anyone engaging in water sports.
NYC Aquarium and Public Waterfront
The new aquarium and public waterfront park of NYC is a meeting point for work and fun, science and culture, innovations and sustainability. Just like elements in nature, these interwoven functions introduce the visitors to parallel worlds here on Earth. The overall spatial organization is inspired by the very essence of water structure manifesting at different scales – crystals, droplets, streams... With a variety of selectable routes, one can enjoy series of communicative and secluded spaces. The meandering paths greatly increases the overall contact surface of the park providing ever-changing perspective towards the iconic skyline of Manhattan.
The main aim of the project is the awakening of visitors’ awareness of the importance of the ocean’s life preservation. The meaning of the aquarium typology is inverted - the visitor is exposed as a factor of change. Exhibition rooms arrangement is fluid, allowing visitors to see each other through the water, and thus see the reflection of himself - reflection of a man and become aware that they are part of the ecosystem and important factors in the preservation of the ocean’s world. Modular units - spherical exhibition rooms are like corals, which form coral reefs.
THE HASKIN THALASSIC SUSTENTION
This project is a contemporary interpretation on what an Aquarium can and should be for Brooklyn. It aims to follow Charles-Haskin-Townsend’s footsteps in conservation of marine life by revitalising existing industrial character and incorporating it into a free flowing building. A series of cleansing chambers are positioned within the basin for cleaning and capturing debris to provide suitable conditions for marine life to thrive. Education over Entertainment – visitor and local community participation will lead to long term education in improving water conditions; allowing for fauna and marine life within the East River and beyond to have quality of life.
WAVESCAPES proposes a hybrid typology between a public park and an aquarium to form a new landscape for New York City. The Manhattan skyline is famous for its dense concrete jungle, while Queens’ waterfront is slowly being taken over with high-rise developments. With a prime location to give Queens its own identity, WAVESCAPES preserves the waterfront for the residents of the neighborhood while providing a diverse landscape design suitable for all visitors to the city and the aquarium. WAVESCAPE’s overall design responds to rising sea levels by welcoming and adapting to a new coast line while providing educational and interactives spaces below.
NETWORK THROUGH NODES
Implementing the idea of an intertwined aquarium and park for the borough of Queens and the city surrounding it, the public and cultural elements are an important part of the environment we plan to develop. By creating a system of interconnected spaces through the integration of geometric forms, it is clear that a system of networks would be a strong concept for an aquarium in relation to Queens. Through the various elements represented in Queens, using the ideas of linearity and circulation allows for an overall flow from landscape to water, conceptually represented through the aquarium.
Filter in the City
Providing a new aquatic filter to the city of New York, the aquarium provides an educational approach to concepts of conservation. Filtering water from the river into tanks, the surrounding city, finally returning clean water to the river fostering growth of the existing ecosystem. A micro hydro turbine creates power to generate the aquarium as well as the surrounding area. Visitors ramp through the tanks while learning about the filtration process in hopes of returning to the city with new knowledge on the importance of water conversation.
NYC AQUARIUM & PUBLIC WATERFRONT
The free designing of the ground plan on public space contains the big tanks which has structure around them. This structure is supporting all Aquarium building that is a floating box that rises until 30 meters high aligning with environment. The façade is covered with corten steel panels which are hollow from closed to open with direction to the Manhattan skyline, opening completely to it. A ramp is attached inside the façade, reaching to different levels containing exhibition. The exhibition consists of 3 vertical tanks (Ocean, Arctic, Shark) and 1 horizontal (Amazon). There are also complementary small exhibitions.
At the heart of this very built neighborhood, then we offer a large vegetable garden. Indeed the whole plot is made accessible with the creation of a garden, around and in the heart of the building, there also are equipped walks and an aquatic pool. In addition, the roof of our building is open to public, with access from the inside, and from the outside. This walk height allows visitors to have several points of view on the horizon, through the multiple heights of the building, especially the belvedere with stunning views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.
Program was set to make the riverfront as the public hub. Open park is open to any public and directs the emphasis toward to the connection of riverfront parks and public places. Vertical louver system is designed to imitate the form of the wave. When is viewed from the Northwest, the glazing is exposed, yet, when it is viewed from the Southwest, the louvers forms the in-and-out waving on the façade. Tiered system allowed space for the clearstory, but also louvered to prevent direct sunlight. Flat roof allowed for the PV-panels to be placed easily.
In « Le Scaphandre », the visitor is living a complete experience of scuba diving. First, he dives into the depths of the sea, then access gradually, then rise to the surface, under a comfortable roof where he can admire the coast, the city of New York. The double skin serves as protection for visitors and as a light filter, and also create an emblem that just stand out among the New Yorkers architectural style. The building and landscaping brings vegetation in the city and allows a slight break from noise and movement.
ARK - Aquarium, Research, Knowledge
New York ARK is the epicenter of environmental education, research, and advocacy for the city and region. It is a vessel for dialogue with the public about environmental priorities of 21st century, coastal New York. Perched high above a re‐claimed landscape of tidal barriers and dunes, ARK departs from the outmoded 20th century “aquatic‐zoo‐entertainment‐plex” and becomes a center for environmental behavior on a regional level. It is only through local understanding of the environment that people can then champion global environmental needs. The design reflects a regimen of research and exhibits focused on Sea‐life, Pollution, Energy, and Sea Level Rise.
NYC AQUARUM & PUBLIC WATERFRONT
DIATOMIC AQUATECTURE - RESILIENCY RE-IMAGINED
“Aquatic environments contain some of the most complex and adaptable species on Earth. The new Diatom Aquarium is a symbol of resilient design that evolves with the social change, economic development and climate impacts that influence development along the New York City waterfront. The Aquarium is inspired by nature, and designed with creative engineering, to embrace the dynamic site conditions both inside and out. With a site design grounded on ecological principals, the Diatom provides generous public space and a multipurpose amphitheater to compliment the neighborhood context, while the building welcomes everyone into its aquatic world.”
NYC AQUARIUM & PUBLIC WATERFRONT
Maximizing waterfront adjacencies, the proposal carves a shallow pond and canal into the site, creating a public promenade that culminates with a public park. In winter, the pond becomes a skating rink, and the hill atop the auditorium becomes a sledding hill. Maintaining a sense of urbanity the program is spread across multiple buildings, including a café and an auditorium, instead of one autonomous aquarium. The aquarium itself turns away from the typical model consisting of a collection of individual tanks in favor of meandering tunnels taking visitors through larger tanks that more closely resemble a natural environment.
NYC AQUARIUM & PUBLIC WATERFRONT
I wanted to create a colorful interior space that would be free to the public as well as available for guests to move through as they pass from exhibit to exhibit. This allows views into the aquarium from the outside which makes the people in the space curious about the other exhibits and give them the idea that they would want to go inside. This makes the water front park work for not only allowing people access to a great view of the island of Manhattan but also make them intrigued by what is inside the buildings surrounding the park.