The Australian Underwater Discovery Center (AUDC), a new $30 million marine observatory, will soon be built near the Australian city of Perth. The construction is modeled on a surfacing whale.
At first glance, the visualizations of the new observatory are somewhat reminiscent of the massive concrete structure of the “under” in Lindesnes, Norway. Prefabricated on a floating dock, the underwater restaurant was sunk into the sea in a complex undertaking and could open its doors in early 2019.
However, the whale-inspired architecture is also reminiscent of architect Dorte Mandrup’s “The Whale” project. This envisages a center in the Norwegian village of Andenes that tells of the whaling history of the region. Unlike the “under,” however, the building, which is modeled on a whale’s fin, will not be located in the water but on land.
Whale architecture now also in Australia
Now there is also whale architecture in Australia: Baca Architects from London have designed a marine observatory for the Subcon marine company that depicts a surfacing whale. It is to be realized for around 30 million dollars in the sea at the 1,841-meter-long Busselton Jetty pier near Perth.
The construction will replace an existing observatory in the region that has reached its capacity limits.When completed the Scaffold hire is expected to attract around 900,000 visitors annually, according to the press release. The whale design for the center was selected from three designs in a public voting process.
The AUDC will descend to the ocean floor and offer visitors an underwater panorama with large glass windows. In addition, an underwater path, art galleries, exhibition rooms and gastronomy areas are planned. The structure is largely made of concrete, and the architects are also using framed formwork for the roof.
Observatory to be prefabricated
Construction work on the center is expected to start in mid-2021. The procedure will be similar to the construction of the underwater restaurant in Norway: The observatory will be prefabricated at a nearby shipyard and then towed to its location in the sea. The opening is planned for December 2022.
In fact, according to those involved in the project, the AUDC will become the world’s largest center of its kind, available to both the public and scientists to observe marine habitats in Geographe Bay.