Reimagined as an ecologically restorative landscape, the National Aquarium’s campus revitalization project sets a precedent for waterfront development planning in urban sites in the face of sea level rise. The proposed design challenges existing urban waterfront models to create a more compelling civic space and thriving habitat in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The project will shift the focus of the Aquarium’s campus from land to water, creating an immersive experience through environmental education, art, and recreation that inspires conservation action. The design incorporates best practices for waterfront development, including floating wetlands, aquatic vegetation shelves, aeration mechanisms, and tidal marsh plantings. The floating wetland was created in collaboration with the National Aquarium and our teammates at Biohabitats, McLaren Engineering Group, and Kovacs, Whitney & Associates as a continuation of Studio Gang’s EcoSlip concept.
A plan to create a natural wetland in an outdoor waterfront park at the National Aquarium was met with encouragement by the city’s architectural review panel.
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.