Ulleung-do, South Korea
The proposal for Ulleung Do Aquarium is a state of the art institute and a World First public aquarium. The aquarium will be a showcase for the local environment as well as exhibit the local Island species as a major educational tool.
The aquarium design has been split into differing proposals for so that various options can be selected.
The Aquarium will have the World’s First Seatube: in-sea underwater tunnel. The tunnel will be over 250 meters long. The aquarium with several exhibits of local species will show the visitor the richness of the region.
What we propose is a purpose built floating semi submersible steel structure 40 m long by 24 m wide with a live sea food restaurant on top and 3 m diameter acrylic viewing tubes 50 m long suspended beneath this structure, to give the visitors a clear uninterrupted view of the sea life below the restaurant. It has a tunnel that will be over 250 meters long. The design of the aquarium introduces Live Lectures in the exhibition space. This is the world’s first aquarium to fully in-corporate laboratory and quarantine services into the exhibition space.
Aquamarine proposes that Ulleung Do Aquarium has the largest and first 360-degree panorama underwater viewing chamber.
The aquarium with several exhibits of local species will show the visitor the richness of the region.
The center proposes to have landscaped garden areas, a small cafeteria and external educational exhibits. The center will propose to have interactive educational programs held in classrooms.
The unique nature of Ulleung-do and its inter-relationship with the sea make it an ideal place to establish an aquarium to display indigenous fish. Containment nets may initially be needed to keep the fish localized and within viewing distance of the visitors.
Very quickly an artificial reef system will establish itself within the submersed portion of the structure and this will naturally attract indigenous fish species.
A critical feature of this structure is that by utelising semi submersible technology it is possible to maintain a high degree of stability in many sea conditions.