In the Gulf of Geography south of Perth, Western Australia, a stunningly designed concrete structure is expected to be in place by 2022. The project is being spearheaded by Baca Architects, a British agency selected by the Subcon team that specializes in the installation of artificial reefs, to renovate the Australian Maritime Laboratory. Inspired by the ocean universe for the architecture of this place, the project adopted by Subkan is a building that imitates a whale emerging from the sea. Located at the end of the Busselton Jetty, the laboratory will be built on a 2 km long sea-going artificial dyke.
For the structure, concrete will be selected for reasons of durability and resistance to sea variations. And to make it possible to maintain the internal temperature of the building. The roof will have a light frame designed by the boat builders. With the desire for a harmonious integration into its environment, the building has a microscopic facade that welcomes the growth of algae and crustaceans.
The lab will have an underwater path and an underwater restaurant with the aim of being the largest in the world. It should become a hub for marine research, bring together the scientific community and the general public of all ages, and create education and awareness about the effects of climate change on the oceans.
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