Guangzhou Ocean World, Guangzhou Zoo, China.

Guangzhou Ocean World is one of the most spectacular, large scale public aquariums in Asia. Huge viewing windows transport visitors to a colourful South China Sea reef and underwater world.

Project Overview

Large flat acrylic window panels provide an extraordinary view into the coral reef. This view allows visitors to be amazed by the impressive, artificially created environment. Another vantage point into the coral reef aquarium is from the mezzanine floor where the sheer volume of this aquarium can be fully appreciated.

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On level one, the focus is on life in the sea. Level two introduces visitors to the world of freshwater. Life in a jungle stream is contrasted with life in a mountainous stream and lakes. Living at the boundary of where the sea meets the land is represented in the rocky shore aquarium and beside it, the mangrove exhibit.

The larger animals of the sea are displayed in the Shark Aquarium with two large panoramic viewing windows. Sharks and rays, together with other predators, cruise past visitors just centimetres away.

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Leaping from the depths at over 7m, dolphins captivate an audience of 1,600. The dolphin and sea lion performance stadium was the first of its design style in China.

AAT is proud to have been involved with Ocean World through their united involvement with Living Ocean International.

Ocean World, Guangzhou Zoo, Xianlie Middle Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

Ocean World Guangzhou Zoo

Time Frame
1996 to 1997

System Type
Closed re-circulation system using artificial sea water

Total Water Volume
6,500,000 litres

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  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
  • More than project coordinators - we are the lead supplier of equipment and services too.
  • We offer productive collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams and resources.
  • Our logistical and project management track record provides total peace-of-mind.
  • A high-level of internal delivery means excellent control over quality assurance.
  • System-thinking from design to execution, for a cost-efficient and durable aquarium that is easy to operate and spectacular to see.

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Phase 1


The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2


The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3


The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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