Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium

Wildlife Conservation Society
Brooklyn, NY

As part of its global shark conservation efforts, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) maintains a research aquarium at Coney Island, in concert with the New York Aquarium. Portico’s challenge was to design a replacement facility, one with larger tanks offering more research opportunities that also functions as a popular visitor attraction and shark interpretation resource. Working closely with WCS, we designed a rich and colorful Coral Reef tank and an expansive Open Ocean tank, both alive with swimming sharks and supporting interpretive materials.

2012 Public Design Commission of the City of New York Award for Excellence in Design

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