“Blacktip Reef” Exhibit

Aquarium architectural renovation and interactive exhibit design for Great Barrier Reef habitat

Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 and contributed to the rejuvenation of the Baltimore Harbor. C7A was asked to renovate the former ray tray to create a Great Barrier Reef habitat featuring sharks and rays as well as a new introductory gallery focused on how water connects us. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to add messages and participate in the conversation about human’s connection to water. Visitors are treated to a breathtaking panorama of color, light and movement as they enter "Blacktip Reef," a vibrant coral-filled stretch of the Great Barrier Reef where sharks speed toward them and schools of bluefin trevally and blue-striped seaperch dart out of the way. As whiptail rays swim by, interactive exhibits help visitors explore the diverse and mesmerizing array of reef life.