The Vasco da Gama Aquarium is an old navy facility that opened to the public in 1898 for scientific investigation and educational purposes. It continues to have an important role in the knowledge of the sea and the sea-species. To celebrate the importance that the Portuguese King Carlos I had on the origins of the aquarium and in the investigation of the ocean, the entrance hall was restored to receive this exhibition. King Carlos I developed the Oceanographic investigation and collected a big amount of marine species that can be seen in the Aquarium museum. The project for the exhibition defines an intervention that values the original characteristics of the old building and its original showcases. The exhibit solutions simplify the levels of communication, hiding the infrastructure and creating different moments of discovery. In the entrance of the building, a deep blue intervention starts the aquarium experience. After the exhibition in the entrance hall, the public is invited to continue the visit by a staircase painted in deep blue and decorated with graphic images of the marine species found by the King in is Oceanographic campaigns. This experience concept is "a dive in the ocean" where the public discovers the existing species in the deep ocean.
Design Agency: P-06 Atelier, Ambientes e Comunicação Client: Comissão Cultural da Marinha Design Director: Pedro Anjos Designers: Jacinta Fialho and Nádia Ferrer Photos: José Vicente | Agência Calipo