Giant Ocean Tank

Master planning and architectural renovation of iconic Giant Ocean Tank

After more than forty years of continuous operation, New England Aquarium’s “Giant Ocean Tank” (GOT) received a major update. The original Aquarium, designed by C7A, has become the standard for modern aquarium immersion experiences, and its 4-story, 200,000-gallon GOT is considered to be the feature around which that acclaimed experience is set. C7A’s renovation provided larger state-of–the art windows, new bridge access at the top and completely new lighting to highlight the new habitat and marine life. Presentation platforms and a new education center were introduced at the top of the tank, allowing for demonstrations and more visitor engagement. These features were coordinated with the NEAq’s initiatives for the “Blue Planet Action Center” where visitors are encouraged to become active ocean conservation stewards.

CultureNOW Podcast: New England Aquarium

In this series of CultureNOW podcasts, C7A Principals Peter Kuttner and Steven Imrich discuss the design of the New England Aquarium and the recent renovation designed by Cambridge Seven Associates. Boston’s New England Aquarium opened in 1969 and became a precedent-setting prototype …