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Glass Facade Consulting for Rain Forest Exhibit

Feb. 23, 2021
Glass Facade Consulting for Rain Forest Exhibit

Amplifying The National Aquarium’s geometric aesthetic, the iconic triangular glass facade that sits atop Baltimore’s Pier 3 building is planning a full renovation. The rooftop pyramid encloses the immersive Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, home to South American natives like the Linne’s two-toed sloth, Golden Lion Tamarin, and over 145 different species of plants.

McLaren’s glass facade consulting team is supporting the complete glass and glazing revamp that will help ensure stabilization to this tropical environment for years to come. The mission to create a sustainable, intuitive, and cost-effective design for the non-profit Aquarium began with McLaren conducting structural analysis. Recent inspections enabled our team to meet the exhibit residents, understanding the uniqueness of working in a simulated natural habitat.

The glass facade of the Upland Tropical Rainforest not only encloses the exhibit, but also plays a contributing role in its ecosystem. As such, our facade consulting team’s schematic designs were created with an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the glass and the natural light penetrating the space.