The National Aquarium sits on a typical post-industrial urban waterfront. With a goal of transforming their campus into a living lab, the Aquarium teamed with designers, engineers, and researchers to investigate new technologies to produce a more sustainable and high-performing floating wetland. Current wetlands have a short life spans and offer a limited variety of habitat conditions for the complex species web required to make a lasting change on an urban waterfront. This prototype is a high-performing sustainable floating wetland committed to water quality, habitat diversity, and resiliency within urban aquatic environments. The wetland system is self-supportive through a framework of buoyed pontoons and its connective skeleton. Every square inch of this ecological powerhouse provides a diverse range of organisms to grow, colonize, molt, spawn or eat.
The National Aquarium has an ambitious mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. With its prime location in […]
A high-performing floating wetland prototype, created by Ayers Saint Gross for the National Aquarium, won a ASLA Honor Award for Research.
This year, Ayers Saint Gross projects were honored with more than 20 design awards, including eight AIA awards for work […]
Ayers Saint Gross is pleased to announce that the Waterfront Campus Plan for the National Aquarium in Baltimore recently won […]
This high-tech floating wetland features new innovations like a water-filled pontoon to help adjust its weight.
A green oasis of floating wetlands, bay grasses and terraced edges leading down to the water will greet visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, under a plan unveiled by the National Aquarium.