Location:

Busselton Jetty, WA, Australia

Status:

Submitted for planning

Scale:

900 sqm

Constraints:

2km out to sea and part on ocean floor

Cost:

$AU30 million

Team:

Main Contractor - Subcon Blue Solutions

Lead Architect - Baca Architects

Marine Engineering - CoreMarine

 

 

Underwater Ocean Discovery Centre

UNDERWATER DISCOVERY

UNDERWATER DISCOVERY

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Baca Architects have been appointed by marine contractor, Subcon as the Lead Architects for the Australian Underwater Discovery Centre (AUDC). The commission will deliver Australia’s largest natural marine observatory (2km out at sea) at the end of Busselton Jetty, 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.

 

The Cetacean Design reflects the shape of a whale, to raise its head over Geographe Bay.

 

The Australian underwater discovery Centre aims to be the worlds biggest natural marine Observatory, complete with an underwater trail and Underwater dining. Construction should start in the middle of next year, with the centre open by December 2022. Bustleton Jetty managers are aiming for more than 200,000 new visitors in 2023 bringing the total to more than 900,000.

 

Bustleton Jetty Chairman Barry House says: “This is as authentic as it gets, because people are in the tank and the fish are looking in. By adding underwater dining, underwater sculptures, marine art and other features, this project will enhance Bustleton Jetty’s 155-year-old experience.”

Mr House says that at its peak times, people are turned away from the current Observatory because you can only fit 44 people in each hour”

 

In 2017 we started looking at how to make a visit to demand and after to feasibility studies a market research, determine that engaging our current unique Marine offering what’s the best way to grow and meet our environmental goals”

 

Jetty Chief Executive Lisa Shreeve Says the current underwater Observatory will become a marine research centre promoting clean oceans and feature public interaction with world-class research and laboratory to educate people about ocean climate change.

 

Mr House claims that the construction of the new Australian underwater discovery Centre will create work for 200 people!’s ones operation thousands of jobs will be created over the coming years as cafés, hotels, service stations, retail stores, bus companies, trade agencies all prosper, returning some $200 million in economic benefit in Western Australia.

 

“This is an exciting stage of the project, to get the feedback on the most attractive design that will be a catalyst for drawing people to Western Australia from all over the world, especially those who love the ocean,”

 

 

Baca Architects have been appointed by marine contractor, Subcon as the Lead Architects for the Australian Underwater Discovery Centre (AUDC). The commission will deliver Australia’s largest natural marine observatory (2km out at sea) at the end of Busselton Jetty, 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.

 

 

The Cetacean Design reflects the shape of a whale, to raise its head over Geographe Bay.

Aerial view looking down the Busselton Jetty and towards the AUDC
View of AUDC at end of the Busselton Jetty, seen from the coast
View of the AUDC building from the ocean level
Internal view of the AUDC whale eye window at sea level
View looking down the AUDC sculptural staircaase void
Internal view of the AUDC sculptural staircase
Illustration showing the assembly process of AUDC building at end of the Busselton Jetty
Exploded axonometric drawing of the AUDC building
View from the end of the Busselton jetty looking back at AUDC and jetty village precinct with Busselton coast in background
View of AUDC and jetty village precinct from rear
View of AUDC at entrance to jetty village precinct
View from the end of the Busselton jetty looking back at AUDC and jetty village precinct
View of the jetty village precinct eatery interior
Internal view of the AUDC underwater observatory
Aerial view looking down the Busselton Jetty and towards the AUDC

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Baca Architects have been appointed by marine contractor, Subcon as the Lead Architects for the Australian Underwater Discovery Centre (AUDC). The commission will deliver Australia’s largest natural marine observatory (2km out at sea) at the end of Busselton Jetty, 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.



The Australian underwater discovery Centre aims to be the worlds biggest natural marine Observatory, complete with an underwater trail and Underwater dining. Construction should start in the middle of next year, with the centre open by December 2022. Bustleton Jetty managers are aiming for more than 200,000 new visitors in 2023 bringing the total to more than 900,000.



The approach to the resort will take guests through a landscaped sequence from theirmoment of arrival, where they’ll leave their car behind in a park graced with rain gardens.



Bustleton Jetty Chairman Barry House says: “This is as authentic as it gets, because people are in the tank and the fish are looking in. By adding underwater dining, underwater sculptures, marine art and other features, this project will enhance Bustleton Jetty’s 155-year-old experience.”



Mr House says that at its peak times, people are turned away from the current Observatory because you can only fit 44 people in each hour”



In 2017 we started looking at how to make a visit to demand and after to feasibility studies a market research, determine that engaging our current unique Marine offering what’s the best way to grow and meet our environmental goals”



Jetty Chief Executive Lisa Shreeve Says the current underwater Observatory will become a marine research centre promoting clean oceans and feature public interaction with world-class research and laboratory to educate people about ocean climate change.



Mr House claims that the construction of the new Australian underwater discovery Centre will create work for 200 people’s ones operation thousands of jobs will be created over the coming years as cafés, hotels, service stations, retail stores, bus companies, trade agencies all prosper, returning some $200 million in economic benefit in Western Australia.

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