Since the basic concept of the symbol for an aquarium always has to be marine life, we try to emphasize what is particular to each institution. Some of the aquariums have also presented us with the chance to use design thinking to create bold expressions in space.
This aquarium, originally built for Expo '98, is dedicated to the sea life of the open ocean and houses a vast array of marine creatures.
A tile mural some five stories high graces the most visible side of the Lisbon Aquarium. From a distance it appears to depict almost photographic images of marine life. Viewed close-up, the images dissolve, becoming an abstract tapestry of classic Portuguese ceramic tile patterns. Over 54,000 individual tiles were used to make up the computer-analyzed pixilated images.
This aquarium – the world's largest – is focused on the sea life around "The Ring of Fire," the basin around the Pacific Ocean where moving plate tectonics cause a large number of earthquakes and volcanic activity.
The tile murals on the large exterior walls act as a focal point for a large development area on the city's waterfront. The mural is composed of hundreds of thousands of small and colorful tiles. The imagery relates to the aquarium's overall theme, "The Ring of Fire," the hot spots of marine life surrounding the Pacific Ocean.
New England Aquarium
This popular Boston attraction is considered one of the first modern aquariums. The symbol simply reflects the mission "to present, promote and protect the world of water."
This aquarium is focused on the abundant fresh water fish, bird, and animal life of Tennessee's rivers and their tributaries.
For the interior ceiling we developed a pattern of continually flowing light to let the visitors feel as though they were underwater themselves.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
This famous aquarium was originally conceived to focus on both water and fish. The symbol combines these two elements in a dynamic relationship.
The huge serrated walls in the entrance lobby convey one image to entering visitors and a completely different image to those exiting.