Turtle shaped aquarium to open in Vietnam
Vietnam’s island resort destination of Phú Quốc will soon have another must-see offering when “The Sea Shell” makes its debut in early 2020. Developed by Vinpearl, the leisure division of Vietnam’s Vingroup real estate company as part of an all-new theme park development, The Sea Shell promises to be one of the most unique and technologically advanced aquarium facilities ever imagined.
To bring the ambitious new vision to life, Vinpearl tapped two of the world’s foremost experts in aquarium design – Legacy Entertainment and Advanced Aquariums Technologies – whose collective credits include Den Bla Planet, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, the Georgia Aquarium, and the upcoming Chimelong Marine Science Center, among countless others.
Hollywood-based Legacy Entertainment helped to develop the project’s iconic turtle-inspired architectural statement. “With every project we take on, we like to be inspired by local stories,” said Taylor Jeffs, the firm’s President and Chief Creative Officer. “In Vietnam, even before working on this project, we had been fascinated by Vietnamese mythology relating to turtles. So when this project began, it was one of the first ideas we honed in on.”
To make the dream a reality, Australia’s Advanced Aquariums Technologies (AAT) was also engaged, ensuring that The Sea Shell would be among the most modern and humane aquarium facilities on the planet. Jason Vanhinnisdael, AAT’s Business Development Manager, says, “From the ample tank design, to the state-of-the-art Life Support Systems, Vinpearl’s Sea Shell will be a model for all other aquarium developers moving forward.”
The Sea Shell is just one component of Vinpearl Land master plan which is set to greatly expand the range of tourism offerings on Phú Quốc Island. Other elements currently under-construction include expansive Theme Park and Water Park offerings, as well as an expansion of their existing Resort facilities. Additional details will be made available in the coming months.