The design of Basel Ozeanium in Basel, Switzerland is the outcome of an anonymous international design competition by Basel Zoo. The competition saw 55 teams of architects, aquarium designers and planners submitting designs; with Advanced Aquarium Technologies and Crossley Architects collaborating with Boltshauser Architekten to place first and Zaha Hadid Architects to place third.
The purpose of the Ozeanium is to create a centre for environmental education. The centre will set a clear example in relation to natural protection and sustainability. It has been designed to appear outwardly monolithic and enigmatic, intriguing people to take part in an exploration through the oceans of the world. Through the use of rammed earth pressed with sedimentary layers, the building resembles sections of rock and reef in the ocean. This approach will generate a profoundly different aquarium experience for the Basel Ozeanium visitor.
Crossley Architects and Advanced Aquarium Technologies are currently collaborating with Boltshauser Architekten on aquarium planning and will be responsible for aquarium specialist works design including; the integration of life support systems, acrylic, exhibit design and aquarium environment design. The Basel Ozeanium is due to open its doors in 2020.
Process renders and concept video courtesy of Boltshauser Architekten and Basel Zoo.