Lord Foster’s Taiwan sealife centre breaks ground

Lord Norman Foster’s Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Science and Technology project has broken ground in the city of Keelung.

The largest aquarium in northern Tawian, it combines innovative tank design with the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of species and aims to set a new benchmark for aquariums worldwide

Architects Foster + Partners said: “The sustainable concept is rooted in analysis of the site and the surrounding urban Keelung’s subtropical climate and conservation of marine life. The building is oriented to face Badouzi harbour, while maintaining connectivity between the waterfront and the fishing village to the east of the site.”

The centre has been conceived as a social hub for the community as the museum’s focal point will be a new public plaza at the heart of the aquarium – many of the facilities, such as the shop, cafe and restaurant, will be open and full of activity seven days a week.

In addition, special displays devoted to the conservation of local species of squid aim to foster an understanding of its importance in the everyday life and culture of Keelung.