New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium in Boston opened in 1969 and became a precedent-setting prototype for many future aquariums. It is a phenomenal tourist draw in its urban waterfront setting; an educational resource serving its community and region; and an early example of Cambridge Seven's ability to offer both entertainment and education through experiential design, integrating exhibits and architecture. This unique institution is credited with a major role in the redevelopment of Boston's waterfront. Cambridge Seven Associates provided site planning, architecture, exhibit design, and all interior design for the original New England Aquarium building as well as for several expansion projects.

After years of expansion and the addition of an IMAX theater, the New England Aquarium commissioned Cambridge Seven and landscape architect Halvorson Design Partnership to address expansion of the aquarium with a new mammal pavilion and outdoor experience on their downtown waterfront site. The plan reconnects the pier at Central Wharf with Boston's vibrant Harborwalk, educating the public on the world's oceans and the issue of climate change. The design relocates ticketing and long queues, providing space for new visitor services, retail and dining opportunities, school groups, water taxi connections, whale watch excursions, events, and new outdoor exhibits. Phase 1 of the master plan was completed and included the Central Wharf pier expansion and the new Marine Mammal Pavilion, designed by McManus Architects with exhibits by C7A and NEAq staff. C7A most recently worked with the New England Aquarium on renovations to the Giant Ocean Tank and new exhibits .

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 …