This prestigious project was completed in 2002, and is located immediately adjacent to Shanghai’s most significant tourist attraction the Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong, Shanghai, China. The theme, 'Across Continents through Worlds of Water,' captures the essence of the broad scope of exhibits on display in the facility.
Beginning with the China Zone, visitors pass through representative countries of South America, Australia, Africa and the temperate zones that show coldwater fish and later, penguins. The sea provides the theme for the second phase of the visitor’s experience where they view some of the more unusual life forms of colour-changing giant cuttlefish and baby sharks to giant Japanese spider crabs and miniature seahorses of the seaweed forest.
The climax of the visitor’s experience is the showcase oceanarium consisting of 120 metres of travelator passing through five contrasting marine environments; the coastal reef, the open ocean, the kelp cave, shark cove, and the coral reef. This awesome experience is one of the longest aquarium tunnel exhibits in the world.
Crossley Architects are proud to have been involved with Shanghai Ocean Aquarium through their architectural consultancy services to Living Ocean International.