ARCHITECT’S Review of the Vision & Technology Supporting the Beloved Monterey Bay Aquarium

Information sourced from Architect Magazine


Gideon Fink Shapiro, ARCHITECT contributor, and Ph.D. candidate in architectural history and theory at University of Pennsylvania, has just published a look behind the architectural vision, sustainability and resilient design and construction of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Now 32-years-old, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is on track to reach the half-century mark handily. In his fascinating review, Gideon explains how it was successfully designed to run seawater through-out the building.

The Monterey Aquarium, was – and is – ahead of its time. Designed by EHDD, Syska conceived the advanced mechanical systems, including:

  • A sophisticated water-circulation, or “ aquatic life-support,” system;
  • A heat-exchange system to leverage seawater;
  • A heat-recovery system which transfers heat and cooling between the symbiotic human – and marine-climates efficiently, using seawater to balance everything is out
  • A technically-advanced plumbing system, which is as important as the building itself

Go here for a terrific read, illustrated with original design renderings.