Aquarium of the Pacific Unveils the Design of Its New Architectural Centerpiece, Pacific Visions

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Aquarium of the Pacific, one of the nation’s largest and
most-visited aquariums, today unveiled the design of its new Pacific
wing, a 29,000-square-foot, two-story sustainable structure
designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD.
The first major expansion project ever undertaken by the nonprofit
aquarium, Pacific Visions, slated to open in late 2018, will be the new
focal point of the institution and will engage the public with epic
ocean stories and inspire them to create a better future for our planet.
The main Aquarium building will remain operational throughout the
construction phase.

“Institutions like the Aquarium of the Pacific serve a vital role in
helping us understand—and better care for—the world around us,” stated
U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, who serves California’s 47th district.
“In just a short time, the Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the
modern aquarium. It has become a leading force in educating the next
generation about the importance of the ocean and scientific research,
fostering a community of students, families, friends, and scientific
experts who learn together. I look forward to seeing how the new Pacific
Visions wing will broaden that community and reinforce our collective
responsibility to build a more sustainable future.”

Pacific Visions is designed as a biomorphic structure that evokes the
Pacific Ocean. Complementing the Aquarium’s existing building, Pacific
Visions has a façade made up of more than 800 non-reflective glass
panels covering an area of 18,000 square feet. The Pacific Visions
project includes the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, new Dr. Allen and
Charlotte Ginsburg Entrance and front pavilion, changing exhibit
gallery, art gallery, and orientation gallery. The two-story, 300-seat
Honda Pacific Visions Theater will include a 32-foot-tall, 130-foot
long, 180-degree arc digital projection wall and a 30-foot-diameter
floor projection disc to immerse visitors in a virtual ocean
environment. The theater will bring to life epic ocean stories, allowing
audiences to discover new species, witness the processes and phenomena
of Earth’s ecosystems, and grapple with the many challenges facing the
natural world. Each seat will be wired for interactivity, providing
visitors opportunities to explore a range of possible trajectories for
our planet and underscoring how human action can lead to a more
sustainable future. All stories will be developed by the Aquarium in
partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, and digital artists.

Pacific Visions is supported by the City of Long Beach with a $15
million matching grant, a $5 million matching grant from John and
Michelle Molina and Mario and Therese Molina, and $5 million from
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Private donations and commitments of $1
million or more have been given by James and Marilyn Simons, Dr. Allen
and Charlotte Ginsburg, and two anonymous donors. The Aquarium has
secured $40 million of the $53 million total cost for Pacific Visions.
Members of the public can support Pacific Visions at
or contacting Director of Development Ryan Ashton at
or (562) 951-1701.


Aquarium of the Pacific
Marilyn Padilla, (562) 590-3100