Subseries TF.2.2.1.HAQ - Hull - The Deep

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Hull - The Deep


  • 1999-2001 (Creation)

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The Deep Aquarium (1998-2002) was the central focus of Terry Farrell & Partners wider masterplan for the city of Hull. The objective of the project was to provide a catalyst for the economic regeneration of the city and the location for the aquarium occupied a former shipyard.

In the final design, the building rises at a 30 degree angle to form an angular point directly above the spit of land between the River Hull and the Humber Estuary. Exterior finishes were chosen for their ability to season over time. The base of the building was faced in dark grey render and black aluminium sheeting, whilst above cladding were composed of marine-grade aluminium in irregular rhomboid forms to suggest fissured rock plates. At the next level the walls are clad in reflective ceramic tiles, and finally the upward slope culminates in clear glazing, forming a viewing gallery.

Visitor circulation within the building was also carefully controlled. Visitors entered the building and were elevated to the top floor before zig-zagging down in a continuous ramp through the various aquariums and interactive exhibits. The architectural shell of the visitor experience was designed by Terry Farrell & Partners, with the design of the exhibits passed to exhibition designer John Casky Associates. Terry Farrell and Partners were also responsible for designing the adjoining business centre.

Plans for an extension to the visitor attraction were created in 2002 under project code SAMX1, it is unclear whether this went ahead with the involvement of Terry Farrell and Partners.

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Client: The Deep Millenium Project
Landscape Architect: Casella

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Separated by large format drawing rolls, and document boxes. Original order imposed by Farrells filing system has been maintained.

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  • English

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