Sunlight, Salt Air and Sharks!
Strolling along the Coney Island Boardwalk, you see…sharks! Luckily, they’re enclosed in Ocean Wonders: Sharks, a new exhibit at the New York Aquarium that aims to reconnect New Yorkers with their natural environment and increase understanding of the shark’s fight for survival. The building’s fluid geometry resembles landforms carved by water. The design uses wind, sunlight and salt air to enchant visitors with an ever-changing façade that is aquatic in appearance, fluid and shimmering. Integral to the design is a spiral ramp that unveils magnificent ocean views and leads visitors to a roof deck with interactive spaces.
The 57,000-square-foot exhibit holds more than 500,000 gallons of water and features more than 115 species of sharks, rays and sea turtles, and thousands of schooling fish. Visitors can explore the coral reef, wander through a shipwreck, and peer over the Hudson Canyon and sit along the adjacent Boardwalk.
The facility has received a LEED Silver Certification and an Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission.