NYC Aquarium, Research Center, and Waterfront Park
The concept of NYC’s aquarium design was to create an experience as if one were in the ocean, even though they are not physically there. The organization of the exhibits create an experiential flow, simulating going from deep in the ocean to the shoreline. The first exhibit starts below ground to resemble the deepest part of the ocean. The exhibits are elevated closer to ground level and the lighting increases, from one exhibit to the next. Marine research is also an important programmatic element. It finishes the experience by allowing the visitors to see the "behind the scenes" work.
The main purpose of our project is to connect the urban area of New York and the East River. Indeed, the diamond shape allows both to pick the public from Vermon Boulevard and target the skyline on the other shore. Moreover, a gradual transition is made between the urban area and the strait through landscaping. The latter is made of two parts. On the one hand, a mineral and vegetated space, and on the other hand, a space composed of water mirrors and platforms. URBAN AREA - VEGETATED SPACE - AQUARIUM - WATER MIRRORS - STRAIT The three materials used (glass concrete and metal) give the impression that the aquarium is « levitating » and give a lightness to a massive set.
Once upon a time, Neptune rose up from the ocean & released all aquatic life back to the sea...
Neptune's Vivarium (Latin, "place of life") reinterprets aquarium typology by reversing the roles of the observed & the observer. A current trend in Aquatic Centres & Zoos is to free the animals; here this is taken to the extreme, as there is no enclosure. Fish are free to come & go; viewing them is only by chances- a barometer of the waterway's health. Water as both a tectonic device & a phenomenological connector of life is also explored.
EXHIBITION INSIDE AN EXHIBITION
Our concept comes from having an exhibition within an exhibition. This happens on the main vertical circulation, a spiral ramp, not only working as such, but also as the main exhibit area. This shows the multicultural richness of all our visitors from Queens, NYC, and all around the world, while moving them from floor to floor of the NYC Aquarium.
This project aims to become a meeting point for the NYC. Our proposal fits the city’s scale, creating an urban space inside, out and through the project, connecting with the surroundings through a logical and rational circulation.
Five boroughs are connected to following east river and aquarium is located at the waterfront.
Two masses swirling circular integrate travelers and residents of Queens. At the same time, masses naturally get connection with waterfront and further extent to east river which broadens its function to the integration of five boroughs. The water-space based on axis of East river divides mass into two within the shell but they are eventually combined by aqua tunnel.
The feature of proportion of New York city which appears on the plan allows mass to have extraordinary shape and it becomes a land mark.
The aquarium is a multi-level-programmatic-building, which provide multi-directionnal course for the visitors. A simple grid unite various program from private to very public ones. Workers, visitors, inhabitant will meet in this new icon in Long Island. The tunnel form of the building reflect the visual link between New York, Bronx or Queens neighborhood. The pedestrian course is designed as a double-revolution pass to reach the roof, through passageways or footbridge. Moreover we re-discovers step by step the surronding urban area. The public waterfront follow the design of the aquarium shape to create a half mineral half vegetal public space.
Water Cluster new symbol for Long Island, give an identity to the basin now redux into an « old port » accompanied tiers and channels. The area is designed for flood protection. A footbridge and a few paths connect the banks currently disrupted.
On the East side, a square becomes the place of city events while western side offers a green. Five ceramic cylinders are arranged around a common part and a paying basin part. Selected species educate us to the consequences of global warming. A «concrete casting» design a central walking path between the cylinders. Finally, each basin offers a unique experience for the visitor around a common circular stroll.
The point of this project is to give people ability to watch animals in their natural habitat and climatic conditions, with species and plants that they use to have around them. The best would be to move audience to the place, where those animals come from. This is where comes in place the FRAMED project which main purpose is to take visitors to the trip. Imagine a catalogue of square-base blocks which are pieces taken from 6 different climate zones. Those elements become a main exhibition which allows visitors to see underwater and waterside environments in unchanged form and scale.
NYC AQUARIUM & PUBLIC WATERFRONT
The Aquarium will become a real landmark in the city. It will see a lot of visitors not only living in New York City but also coming from other American cities and from all over the world. This object will provide every visitor with a pleasant way to spend his or her leisure time. The Aquarium will be a kind of a magnet for people.
There are endless possibilities to design a building between water and land. One of the most intriguing strategies is to create dialogues connecting different contexts and many activities in one place. The goal of this project was to design dialogues connecting activities from urban scale to human scale, and encourage more interactions between human and environment. Urban landscape is blended with the waterfront; interior spaces become a part of the landscape, and people come to this place doing different activities meet each other. Building is no longer an urban sculpture, but a generator of urban experiences.
NYC AQUARIUM & PUBLIC WATERFRONT
The aquarium sits at the far-end of the plot to leave space for a big pond to introduce it. The visitor therefore passes between the water from the estuary and the freshwater from the pond to then arrive to the entrance of the aquarium which is announced by its vertical profile as a signal. One can either choose to keep walking to the public space overlooking Manhattan or walk into the building. After the relation between the estuary and the pond, the entrance of the aquarium encourages us to discover the tropical ponds benefiting of natural lighting which gradually leads to the depth of the oceans located in the darkest parts of the building.
NEW YORK CITY WATERFRONT AQUARIUM
The project aims to extend the New-York grid to the East River. The morphology of the building can be seen as a contemporary interpretation of the industrial past of the area.
The program elements are unified by ephemeral events supporting mega-structure. This installation brings an additional dimension to the public space to meet a growing demand for a multitude of diverse uses.
The proposed geometry of the courtyard magnifies the close relationship of the site and the program with the water, public space evolving in relation to the rising and falling of the tide.
THE GREEN LANE
The building is designed as a ramp divided into two parts, and which dart towards the east river and Manhattan, as a belvedere alongside Anable basin. This way up follows the lead of the green waterfront promenade from the South and offers an amazing elevated view on NYC skyline. One side of the ramp is dedicated to the aquarium while the other one offers various leisure facilities related to the basin. The East side of the building is provided by a large space which is meant to be a main public square in Queens.
This proposal seeks to challenge changes in cultural and ecological climates. The scheme subtly rejects the competition ‘boundary’ of site and strategically implements a folded ecological topography carving away at the existing canal edge. This ground topography stretched into a larger Aquarium mass (80,000 sf) facilitates live exhibits and folds softly into two smaller research armatures – Marine Biology Research Center (30,000 sf) and Rising Sea Level Research Laboratory (10,000 sf). As water rises, either by tidal change or anticipations of rising sea level, the Aquarium and its landscape resiliently accept the flood – allowing water to cultivate an ecologically savvy ground.
11th Street Basin & Park
The park is a multi functional public space that provides public access to the waterfront location as well as an entrance for the aquarium rising above the edge of the dock. The aquarium is connected to the river by providing a water treatment facility that restores the water and allows visitors to reuse the basin for recreation. Being lowered beneath water level the dock serves as an aquarium showing the water quality of the East River in comparison to the renaturated basin. It raises awareness on topics of pollution, marine research and sustainability by use of the building, the pool, and the waterfront park.
Public Vector // Sculpted Threshold
The public is an operative body with direction and magnitude. As such, the ambition of Public Vector//Sculpted Threshold is to instrumentalize the plastic qualities of landscape and program, fostering engagement with the urban waterfront and a multiplicity of civic, institutional, and recreational amenities. The threshold between aquarium and park is a programmatic datum that allows certain elements to transgress between adjacent realms. This act of programmatic transgression cultivates a sense of daily discovery in the park and produces moments of convergence whereby visitors inside the aquarium encounter images of the city and of aquatic exhibition at once.
A continuous flow through a range of spacial experiences.
The aquarium and a number of pavilions are situated along the south waterfront, with a bustling and animated public promenade in between them. Levels, stairs and ramps form an urban landscape, descending towards south and east, so that the buildings are elevated to minimize the risk of flooding. The aquariums are staged in different ways throughout the tour. A variation of spaces, views and detours creates complexity in the building, while the ramp provides a clear direction and coherence.
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