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2012 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2012

New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders Sharks!

New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders Sharks New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders Sharks New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders Sharks



Surf Avenue at West Eighth Street, Brooklyn
A Project of the Department of Cultural Affairs
Parks & Recreation, and the Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS Exhibition and Graphic Arts Department
The Portico Group
Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects
Doyle Partners
Ned Kahn Studios 

With a capacity of 500,000 gallons of water, Ocean Wonders Sharks! is home to more than 115 species of marine animals, including sharks, rays, sea turtles, and schooling fish. A ramp encircles the building, offering ocean views as visitors climb from the aquarium’s interior plaza, over the boardwalk, and up to the rooftop café and classroom. The wonder and thrill of the aquarium’s exhibit are brought to the surface with a façade of 32,000 suspended kinetic aluminum tiles. Set in motion by the slightest sea breeze, these tiles ripple and swell like the ocean’s surface and shimmer like a darting school of fish.

Design Team

WCS Exhibition and Graphic Arts Department
Susan A. Chin FAIA, Vice President of Planning & Design and Chief Architect; Paul A. Tapogna RA LEED, Assistant Director Design Management & Project Manager; Shane LeClair, Creative Director, Exhibits

The Portico Group
Keith McClintock ASLA, Principal; Charles Mayes AIA, Principal; Megan Nielsen Hegstad AIA, Associate Principal; William Hacker AAIA, Associate Principal; Jake Dumler ASLA, Senior Associate, Landscape Architect

Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects
Randy Wood AIA, Partner; Cary Trochesset AIA, Project Manager

Doyle Partners
Stephen Doyle, Creative Director

Ned Kahn Studios
Ned Kahn, Environmental Artist

MLA Engineering
Michael Leonard PE, Structural Engineer; Debbie Jung PE, Associate; Focus Lighting
Brett Andersen, Principal; Christine Hope, Senior Designer; Department of Cultural Affairs
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner; Margaret Morton, Deputy Commissioner; Andrew Burmeister, Assistant Commissioner, Capital Projects; David Bryant, Project Manager & Design Commission Liaison

Department of Parks & Recreation
Veronica M. White, Commissioner; Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects; Kevin Jeffrey, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Nancy Prince RLA, Deputy Chief of Design; Kevin Quinn, RA Director of Architecture; Amie Uhrynowski, Design Commission Liaison

Wildlife Conservation Society
Ward W. Woods, Chair of the Board; Cristián Samper, President & Chief Executive Officer; Patricia Calabrese, Executive Vice President for Administration & Chief Financial Officer; John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs; James J. Breheny, Executive Vice President, Zoos and Aquarium & General Director; Jon Forrest Dohlin, Vice President,  Director, New York Aquarium