Water Planet Aquarium Has Rippling Interactive Walls

Design agency Thinc Design and architectural firm Urban A&O took on an ambitious project, in which the creative and technically skilled minds collaborated to design a new and innovative look for an immersive aquarium. The New York-based team's undertaking titled Water Planet is the reconstructed 10,000 square foot centerpiece of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Using CATIA-based parametric modeling software and aesthetically astute design, this space is transformed into an aquarium like no other.

The exhibition space brilliantly incorporates multimedia to enhance the experience of visitors while informing them. With 13 interlinked projection, the entire space is a giant visual landscape that is meant to be experienced firsthand. In fact, the walls invite visitors to interact with them. Simply by touching the responsive walls, spectators can revel in delight at the magnificent rippling effect created. The walls, which simulate a stream of water, heighten the entertaining experience of going to the aquarium. It's like you're swimming amongst the marine life that inhabit the 39 tanks within the facility!

Thinc Design website
Urban A&O website
via [Contemporist]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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