This beautiful Miami Modern Style Home had this existing pond at the base of the three story stairwell with windows at the roof that allowed ample natural light. The owners were looking for RAD to renovate the under filtered pond and we decided to place mangrove planted basins within the pond to help naturally filter the beautiful saltwater pond while providing a three dimensional look as the mangroves have grown in over the years.
The entirety of the sprawling Red Bank Veterinary Hospital was designed around the inclusion of this truly incredible aquarium system. The glass cylinder is comprised of three separate arcs of laminated safety glass, a first in the custom aquarium industry. The aquarium lighting supplements natural lighting that pours in from the glass domed ceiling above the rotunda. Filtration for this system is housed in a 600 ft2 aquatic filtration lab located in the basement below, where corals are propagated for conservation purposes.
There are times when our work goes beyond creating amazing live displays and becomes even more important due to the impact it will have on those who experience it. This compound curved glass aquarium stands in the Women and Children’s pavilion of the Hackensack University Medical Center and brings calm serenity and beauty to those who need it most. This large custom glass aquarium was built in place and feature a remote filtration room located on the floor below.
It was a great honor to be asked by the Smithsonian Institution to create the museum’s only live display as part of a multi-million dollar renovation to The Ocean Hall. The aquarium features a curved glass viewing panel to help gathered patrons view all areas of the complicated captive environment. Behind the aquarium sits a well-appointed life support lab which provides space for all of the complex filtration and lighting systems and allows for service of the aquarium without disrupting the museum patrons’ experience. The aquarium features lush coral growth that all originated from aquacultured specimens to eliminate any negative effects on wild coral populations. As a result of Reef Aquaria Design and the Smithsonian’s combined dedication to the project, the aquarium exhibit is second only to the Hope Diamond in terms of popularity among museum visitors.
RAD was approached by the Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts to design, fabricate, and install a variety of ambitious aquariums as part of their multimillion dollar renovation of Center in the Square, Roanoke’s cultural and educational hub. The overall project consists of twin 500 gallon freshwater habitat aquariums that display local life native to the nearby Roanoke River, twin cylindrical 300 gallon moon jellyfish aquariums, a 400 gallon mangrove estuary seahorse aquarium, and the centerpiece 6,000 gallon living coral reef aquarium. RAD invested 3 years into this project and the results are stunning. The aquariums serve as the perfect welcoming ambassador to the many thousands of guests who visit Center in the Square, which features several museums and the region’s only live performance theater. The aquariums are supported by a 1,200 square foot aquatic filtration lab that houses all life support, filtration, and research equipment.
When the Miami Children’s Museum was first being built RAD was retained to design the 1,000 gallon educational saltwater aquarium to feature native Florida Reef Life and a Mangrove Tidal Zone that are unique to South Florida’s ecosystem. From local reef fish, to lobsters, to mangroves, this aquarium is an example of what can be found snorkeling in the local Miami area.
The owners were renovating this classic Miami Beach home built in the 1940’s and decided to integrate a large reef aquarium within a long wall nook. They liked clean lines and finished off the millwork flush with the wall to make the aquarium a built-in look. The owners were divers too, and RAD helped them collect local Atlantic tropical fish and gorgonians to enhance living marine art on the wall as an Educational Window to the Sea.
RAD renovated the clients original reef aquarium to upgrade all aspects of this beautiful aquarium located on the Venetian Causeway. The clients beautiful private office resides on one side while a seating area and pool table rests on the other.