Acura Motors Saltwater Aquarium

Project Specs

Aquarium Size:

350 Gallon Aquarium 96”L x 24”W x36”H

Aquarium Type:

Saltwater, fish only

Animals to Be Housed:

An array of saltwater fish, “large and colorful” was the only mandate from the client

Design Specific Elements:

Aquarium was purposed to separate a kid's playroom from the dealer floor. Also to embed an Acura logo within the artificial corals

The Client

An architect we have worked with many times in the past put the client in touch with us. A major facelift at an Acura Motors dealership was in the works, and the General Manager knew he wanted to incorporate an aquarium, but didn’t know how to proceed from there. We were, of course, excited to get involved!

Needs and Challenges

The General Manager knew he wanted a saltwater fish tank with artificial corals (for ease of maintenance), and to somehow embed the Acura logo within the corals. This proved to be the most difficult challenge of the job. Finding where to place an aquarium, dimensions and all, is easy. But as I soon learned, trying to get someone’s concept out of their head was not. We went back and forth on concepts and frequently heard back that it wasn’t what the client was looking for. After we brought in a graphic designer to mock up some ideas, we finally got the design right.

A major challenge we discovered after installation at the facility was a problem with the municipality’s water supply. Massive amounts of contaminants were getting through our reverse osmosis water system. These weren’t causing harm to any fish, but were leaving a green/yellow tint to the water. Specialized filter media were brought in for use in the reverse osmosis water filtration system and all was well.

The Process

We had several meetings with the architect, general contractor and facility GM. We developed a plan for a 8 foot long, 2 foot deep and three foot tall aquarium that would separate a children’s playroom from the showroom floor. This turned out to be an excellent use of space as there was just what the GM wanted, a kids playroom and an aquarium, and what was more or less a bit of dead space in the dealership accomplished both of those things.

The Results

A stunning saltwater aquarium with an array of saltwater fish that can be seen from across the showroom floor. Also, a one of a kind coral display with corporate branding. Last, but certainly not least, a kids’ playroom!

Experience Highlights
  • Added a stunning aquarium to an amazing, high-end showroom
  • Developed a very unique corporate branded coral display

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The Client

An architect we have worked with many times in the past put the client in touch with us. A major facelift at an Acura Motors dealership was in the works, and the General Manager knew he wanted to incorporate an aquarium, but didn’t know how to proceed from there. We were, of course, excited to get involved!

Needs and Challenges

The General Manager knew he wanted a saltwater fish tank with artificial corals (for ease of maintenance), and to somehow embed the Acura logo within the corals. This proved to be the most difficult challenge of the job. Finding where to place an aquarium, dimensions and all, is easy. But as I soon learned, trying to get someone’s concept out of their head was not. We went back and forth on concepts and frequently heard back that it wasn’t what the client was looking for. After we brought in a graphic designer to mock up some ideas, we finally got the design right.

A major challenge we discovered after installation at the facility was a problem with the municipality’s water supply. Massive amounts of contaminants were getting through our reverse osmosis water system. These weren’t causing harm to any fish, but were leaving a green/yellow tint to the water. Specialized filter media were brought in for use in the reverse osmosis water filtration system and all was well.

The Process

We had several meetings with the architect, general contractor and facility GM. We developed a plan for a 8 foot long, 2 foot deep and three foot tall aquarium that would separate a children’s playroom from the showroom floor. This turned out to be an excellent use of space as there was just what the GM wanted, a kids playroom and an aquarium, and what was more or less a bit of dead space in the dealership accomplished both of those things.

The Results

A stunning saltwater aquarium with an array of saltwater fish that can be seen from across the showroom floor. Also, a one of a kind coral display with corporate branding. Last, but certainly not least, a kids’ playroom!

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