Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California, USA

Located at the center of the Queensway Bay waterfront development, this aquarium serves as both an icon for the community and a metaphor for the ocean it adjoins. Inside and out, the building is a fluid, organic space in which the traditional barriers between people, architecture, exhibits, and the natural environment are purposefully dissolved. Along with exhibits and educational spaces such as classrooms, hand-on learning labs, and a theater, the aquarium has a cafe and three terraces that overlook the ocean.


Size : 160,000 sq. ft.

Completion : 1998

2007 Liveable Buildings Award

Center for the Built Environment

University of California, Berkeley




San Francisco

500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-9193