New England Aquarium
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Architect Cambridge Seven Associates
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Location Boston, Massachusetts   map
Date 1962   timeline
Building Type aquarium
 Construction System site-cast concrete
Climate temperate
Context urban waterfront
Style Modern
Notes Spiral walkway around multistory main tank.






Plan Drawing

Discussion New England Aquarium Commentary


On Central Wharf at the end of Milk Street.

Spiral ramp inside wraps around an 180,000 gallon central sea water tank, three stories high and about 40' in diameter. A landmark in the evolution of aquarium layout and design.

Sources on New England Aquarium

"New England Aquarium IMAX", by Evan H. Shu, FAIA, ArchitectureWeek No. 82, 2002.0116, pB1.1.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. spiral geometry diagram, p193. — Updated edition available at

Katherine Eason. "Cambridge Seven Wins AIA Firm Award", Architecture, June 1993, Volume 83 Number 06. exterior aerial photo from across plaza, p22.

Muriel Emanuel, ed. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. exterior photo across courtyard, p134.

Donlyn Lyndon. The City Observed: Boston. New York: Vintage Books, 1982. ISBN 0-394-74894-8. LC 81-40199. NA735.B7L96. photo, discussion, p56-57.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about New England Aquarium


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