Living Planet Aquarium
This project was created for the annual Daltile interior design competition. The 2015 competition, "Design With A Greater Purpose," required students to redesign an existing charity or non-profit organization that exhibited excellence in design and creativity while using Daltile products. I redesigned the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah. Upon entering the competition, I received the Grand Prize which included a $10,000 scholarship.
Project Concept & Design Explanation:
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a non-profit organization located in Draper, Utah. They strive to foster stewardship for the environment and create awareness about conservation. The aquarium is dedicated to engaging and educating people about their place in the global system of life by showcasing the world’s ecosystems. It is important to them that each space in the aquarium invites visitors to learn and be excited about life on earth.
The main entrance is currently a dark, cold, and unwelcoming space in need of a renovation. As the entry gives the first impression of the aquarium, they would like it to excite, inspire, and create a sense of wonder in their visitors. Being a high-traffic area, finishes in the entry must be durable, easy-to-clean, and able to conceal dirt from outside.
In the newly designed entrance, visitors are welcomed into the Living Planet Aquarium by two striking mosaic murals. These oceanic art pieces are created with a myriad of Daltile’s Glass Mosaics™, in the Byzantine (hand-cut) style. Reaching from floor to ceiling these murals immediately engulf visitors in an underwater experience, leaving them awestruck and excited to explore the rest of the aquarium.
Daltile’s One Quartz™ in Pacific Sand is used as the entry’s flooring and countertop material. Being nonporous, durable, scratch-resistant and virtually maintenance free, this product is the perfect solution for the aquarium’s busy entry. It’s sandy aesthetic hides dirt well and is a flawless compliment to the mosaic mural walls, creating a complete ocean scene. The aquarium’s logo is inlaid as a mosaic into the floor, using Daltile’s Natural Hues™ tile, creating a sense of repetition and unity within the space.
Used as a 2x4 brick mosaic, Daltile’s Florentine™ in Carrara acts as a beautiful backdrop to the entry. Adding a touch of elegance, it helps to brighten the previously drab space into a light and airy atmosphere. It’s creamy whites and subtle grays soften the space while helping the murals pop into exquisite focal points.
Visitors leave the entry and enter into the aquarium guided by the waves of Daltile’s Showscape™ ceramic wall tile in Crisp Blue Brushstroke. The horizontal wave-like texture naturally encourages people to follow its pattern, acting as an integrated source of wayfinding within the space.
Through the use of Daltile products, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium inspires people to explore, learn, and discover from the moment they enter the building. Each material enhances the entry’s underwater concept of excitement and discovery while adding to the interior’s functionality and durability. As visitors engage with this space, the aquarium is able to open the doors of teaching about conservation and appreciation for our world.
Meduims: Photoshop, InDesign, SketchUp