National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium

The National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium (NMMBA) saw a planned expansion as a chance to incorporate aquatic life support systems that would not only be unparalleled in performance, but would also be significantly more efficient than the building’s existing systems. With these improved systems, NMMBA could expand ecological possibilities to provide a more educational and entertaining experience.

Syska Hennessy Group was chosen amongst international competition to provide such a design for this new aquarium project in Taiwan. This project is Phase III of an existing facility which up until now had been designed for open systems only. Phase III is changing the direction of the aquarium to encompass new design of a closed recirculation system that requires minimal quantities of natural seawater (less than 10% of that required by the existing facility in Phase 1 and 2). The theme of Phase III is primarily cold water marine displays for the near arctic and near Antarctic biomes, requiring water temperatures between 4 and 15 Celsius, which would have been impossible to achieve with an open system.

Syska was chosen to be part of the team for this project based on our experience and track record for designing closed systems, including cold water exhibits in a tropical environment.

The inclusion of a Kelp exhibit is an outstanding example of a special-needs tank that will be included with the help of our new designs. Kelp is rarely exhibited in aquariums, and requires careful treatment and specific water quality parameters in order to thrive.

In addition to a closed system approach, NMMBA recognized the vital importance of improving access to seawater. Syska is redesigning the current seawater intake system to upgrade its performance, delivery and reliability.

Syska Hennessy Group will also provide life support for sea water and freshwater exhibitions, husbandry tanks, backwash reservoirs, central low pressure air systems, water, air and ozone gas distribution systems, insulation, monitoring and control of systems, and air handling and conditioning for arctic displays.