Winner of Glass Magazine’s 2019 award for Best Exterior Decorative Glass Application, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA is Southern California’s largest aquarium. The 2019 expansion of the Pacific Visions wing was conceived as a futuristic vision for what aquariums should be- centers of innovation, imagination, creativity, and of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Ocean.
San Francisco-based EHDD architects, the award-winning firm who also designed the Aquarium of the Pacific’s original building, used inspiration from the organic environmental shapes and patterns surrounding the architectural landmark. Utilizing Sentech’s VetraFin S-Series System, Sentech partnered with EHDD and Buro Happold to design an open-joint steel aluminum carrier frame. In total, 839 reflective, blue, uniquely-shaped, triple-laminated decorative glass panels came together to create a gently curved, biomorphic, complex glass façade that evokes the depth and luminous splendor of the nearby Pacific Ocean.
2019 Glass Magazine Award: Best Decorative Glass Application, Exterior
Architect: EHDD Architecture, San Francisco
Glazing Contractor: Woodbridge Glass
GC: Clark Construction
Photo Credit: Tom Bonner