National Aquarium



When Charles and Ray took on the project of content design for a proposed National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., they started by asking themselves a basic but key question: What’s the best way to take care of an aquarium? They responded by setting one up in the Office, demonstrating their dedication to the hands-on learning process, and their belief that one should “never delegate understanding.”

Part of the Eameses’ work on the project included this illustrated booklet, which explained the “aims and responsibilities” of the proposed new National Aquarium. They printed the limited-edition report primarily for use by the Department of the Interior. It described the building and its layout and also outlined the educational and research goals of the institution.

Although Charles and Ray’s proposed plan for the National Aquarium never came to fruition (government funding fell through), they made both a book and a film so that, if the project was reinstated in the future, a standard of quality would already be established.