Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium

AAT helps award-winning zoo launch innovative accommodation experiences with 'underwater hotel' and unique viewing systems.

Project Overview

Situated in the picturesque town of Brugelette in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, Paira Daiza is one of the oldest and most prestigious privately owned zoo and botanical gardens in Europe. It is home to over 4,000 animals from a diverse range of ecosystems.

Early in 2020, the zoo launched its new Land of the Cold attraction, complete with innovative accommodation facilities. The rooms and exhibits provide exceptional views of walruses, penguins and polar bears. Some of the rooms are positioned below the waterline of adjacent tanks, enabling guests to watch polar bears swimming only inches away, on the other side of acrylic windows, from the comfort of their private rooms.

Check out the accommodation on the Pairi Daiza website here:

In total, around 35 viewing systems were produced and installed by AAT, including many flat panels plus domes and a 9.3m long tunnel – nearly 60 tonnes of acrylic in total.

All of the bonds for these acrylic panels were completed in-house. The design of the panels had to consider thermal conduction to ensure that no condensation formed on the windows inside the heated hotel rooms. Additionally the design was refined to use the maximum panel size produced thereby limiting waste acrylic.

Waterproofing was also carried out as part of the project scope.

Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium

Pairi Daiza

Time Frame
Dec 2018 – April 2019

Team On-Site
6 Staff during construction

Project Value
1.4 Million USD

An exceptional portfolio of in-house capabilities.

  • 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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