Ideas contest seeks designs for New York aquarium in Queens

by Kim Megson | 05 Jan 2016

Architecture competition organisers Arch Out Loud has launched an ideas contest for a new aquarium and public waterfront park in New York.

The group has called on architecture teams to propose an "iconic new destination" – located along the East River within the borough of Queens – capable of revitalising the area and attracting tourists.

“Many New York sites with access to the waterfront are being absorbed by private developers, but with the constant return of people to the urban core the need to create public and cultural infrastructure has become more prevalent,” said Arch Out Loud.

“What kind of easily accessible public space does the city not already have? It’s filled with numerous icons, parks, theatres, and museums. We have proposed an aquarium because this cultural and public commodity only has a small presence in the Manhattan area.

“Modern aquariums have become a new platform for cultural architecture and experimentation, and a new one in Queens would create a destination easily accessible from the city's five boroughs.”

The existing New York Aquarium on Coney Island is the city’s largest, and is currently building a 57,000sq ft (5,300sq m), three-story structure to house a new US$157m (€145.6, £107m) exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! featuring more than 115 species of marine wildlife. Arch Out Loud believe this site fails to serve locals living in Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, plus the millions of tourists who visit New York every year.

The design contest remains purely an ideas competition at the present time, although the winning designs will be used to promote the possibility of building an aquarium on the site. Competing architects are encouraged to consider the chosen development site as a blank slate.

All submissions must include a main lobby, at least four exhibit areas, service spaces and marine research facilities to address sustainability issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the US in 2012. The relationship between the exterior waterfront areas and the interior conditions of the aquarium must also be considered in the design.

The registration and submission deadline for the competition is 18 April, 2016. Finalists will be named two days later, with the winners announced on 25 April.

Related stories

Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium breaking ground on new research and care centre

Eley Guild Hardy to design US$100m mega aquarium in Gulfport, US

Legoland Discovery Centre and Sea Life Aquarium heading to New Jersey mega mall in 2017

Georgia Aquarium fails in bid to import 18 beluga whales

Public competition to be held for St Louis aquarium's US$49m riverfront move

US and Cuba form historical aquarium partnership

Work to start on Peddle Thorp’s tectonic plate-inspired Cairns Aquarium

Architecture competition organisers Arch Out Loud has launched an ideas contest for a new aquarium and public waterfront park in New York. The group has called on architecture teams to propose an "iconic new destination" – located along the East River within the borough of Queens – capable of revitalising the area and attracting tourists. “Many New York sites with access to the waterfront are being absorbed by private developers,
CLD,WAT,TAW,VAT,ARC,DES,DEV
Arch Out Loud believe an aquarium will revitalise the New York borough of Queens / Zac Wolf
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7587     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7587     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Barr + Wray Ltd
Founded in 1959, Barr + Wray is recognised as a world-leading provider of spa design, engineering, and pool and spa equipment.
videos
BluGalaxy a Division of Blu Spas
Blu Spas
This animation showcases the beautiful concept design of BluGalaxy Spa.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Manuelle Gautrand
"The cities where you have good cultural buildings and facilities – it’s a way for people to mix, to share the city in a much deeper way"

The French architect and winner of the 2017 European Prize for Architecture tells us why she is determined to surprise

Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

The midcentury modern Whiting Residence
Alan Metcalfe
"When people are a bit scared, they gather together"

Featuring a vibrating glass platform and one of the US’s longest tree canopy walks, Whiting Forest has been designed to bring visitors closer to nature and to one another

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
Houston’s Memorial Park is being restored following hurricane damage
Thomas Woltz
"I am very proud of stewarding the largest public space to be built in Manhattan in a century"

The Wall Street Journal’s Design Innovator of the Year on designing the gardens at Hudson Yards and looking to the Native Americans for ideas on how to create a resilient future

A ‘glass waterfall’ houses a vertical circulation core and lifts
Martin Jochman founded JADE+QA in 2013. He formerly worked for Atkins
"We didn’t want to put in any gimmicks. We wanted to create a building that’s inherently sustainable through passive sustainability"

When Martin Jochman set out to transform an old quarry into a luxury hotel, he faced some serious challenges

The museum’s glass façade was designed to evoke a pleated Roman toga
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

Architects Monk Mackenzie created an interior box to house the new studios
"We’ve designed the space so that the atmosphere is intimate"

Les Mills’ new studio spaces at its iconic Auckland City Gym showcase a trend away from masculine ‘grunty’ gyms to something altogether different

cladkit product news
Cosm unveils Experience Centre with ‘one of a kind’ LED dome
The new Experience Centre houses a 20m LED dome
Magali Robathan
Cosm, a global technology company that builds end-to-end solutions for immersive experiences, has unveiled its Experience Centre which houses a ...
Móz Designs columns anchor the world’s largest indoor aquarium
The design of the columns was inspired by the sea
Magali Robathan
After a two-year renovation, Oakland-based metal experts Móz Designs have unveiled their inclusion in Georgia Aquarium’s new shark gallery. Located ...
Atelier Alain Ellouz launches handcrafted precious stone lighting collection
LYRA has a sleek, cylindrical design complete with an elegant brass dimming switch
Megan Whitby
LYRA, GAMA, MONA and ATHENA are the first pieces from designer Atelier Alain Ellouz’s new.édition collection of handcrafted stone lighting ...
cladkit product news
Christie laser projectors power new Five Senses Bubble dome theatre
The dome aims to integrate technology with arts and culture
Magali Robathan
Christie® GS Series 1DLP® laser projectors are delivering vivid and lifelike visuals in a new dome theatre located in Xiong’an ...
Matteo Thun grows Allaperto collection with new suspended outdoor armchair
Megan Whitby
Allaperto, the lounge collection spawned by the partnership between design studios, Matteo Thun, Ethimo and Antonio Rodriguez, has been expanded ...
Painting with Light pushes boundaries to create unforgettable visual concepts
The team combines lighting, video, sound and special effects, with scenic and architectural elements, to create unforgettable visual experiences
Megan Whitby
Belgium-based light and video design studio, Painting with Light, will translate the story of your location into a visual experience, ...
cladkit product news
LianTronics’ glasses-free 3D Star Trek LED screen attracts attention
Magali Robathan
LianTronics’ giant curved LED wall with stunning glasses-less 3D spaceship display effect has attracted many on the street of Chengdu, ...
Siminetti unveils first glimpses of Mother of Pearl decorative surfaces inspired by the four seasons
The new winter design is finished with naturally occurring hexagonal patterns found in snowflakes
Megan Whitby
Siminetti has collaborated with British designer Chrisanna London to create a luxury Mother of Pearl decorative surface range inspired by ...
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
The compact plug-in product can be used easily in a commercial spa or domestic setting to disinfect surfaces with UV-C light
Megan Whitby
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors. During ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates