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.

Aquarium’s giant tank is a renovated marvel

The Boston Globe

Old fish, new fish take in their swank harborside home The divers carefully lowered themselves into the tank and swam slowly for a few minutes, giving the sharks time to relax before they closed in. Their first target was a …

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Architectural Lighting Magazine

Major renovations at the New England Aquarium in Boston and National Aquarium in Baltimore creatively illuminate the depths of ocean life for visitors, while being mindful of the habitat needs of the animals. Decades ago, Cambridge, Mass.–based Cambridge Seven Associates …

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 …

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Getting the view from inside aquarium’s tank

The Boston Globe

Visitors can chat, and see from a diver’s-eye perspective, at the redone New England Aquarium Tank When Chris Bauernfeind joined the New England Aquarium staff in 2005 as a diver in the aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank, one of the things …

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