British Architecture Firm Baka Architects Announced the design of an aquatic center which is expected to be built The largest natural marine observatory in the world. Hey Australian Underwater Discovery Center (AUDC), As the site is called, will be built in the Busselton region of Western Australia. The space will have a whale-shaped structure and will have underwater pathways.
The observatory will be built at the end of the Busselton Jetty Ghat, which is 1,841 meters long and is believed to be the longest pier in the Southern Hemisphere with a pile of wood. The region is known for migrating whales between the months of September and December.
The space, valued at US $ 30 million (approximately $ 166 million), will allow visitors to live a limitless experience at sea and view marine life up close through large glass windows. On site, tourists can also visit art galleries and a center for gastronomic experiences.
The observatory will also serve as a research center that will promote studies related to the cleanliness of the ocean. The space, which aims to attract visitors from all over the world, will be designed to inform and educate the public about climate change and environmental impacts.
The AUDC will be constructed in collaboration with maritime contractor Subcon and together with the engineers of the Quormein project. In addition, the observatory will be funded by the federal and state governments of the country and will receive contributions from the Baselton Jetty Inc. responsible for operating the wharf. The center is scheduled to open between December 2022 and January 2023.