Part of text by Slade Architecture:
New York City is redeveloping Coney Island: reviving its historic identity as a world famous amusement and recreation destination. The recently completed redevelopment master plan identifies several Coney Island “Icons” as the key elements. The Parachute Jump and the New York Aquarium are two of these icons and together they anchor the two ends of the Coney Island Boardwalk. Prior to the creation of the redevelopment master plan, the Wildlife Conservation Society, working with an exhibit design firm, had developed a design for a new shark exhibit building at the Aquarium. Because of the building’s location on the boardwalk, the Coney Island development Corporation and the New York Economic Development Corporation requested that the Aquarium hire a design firm to redesign the proposed structure to be the iconic marker for the aquarium on the boardwalk. Our firm was selected from a shortlist and RFP process.