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Museum of the Sea: Elevated Brood

Part 1 Project 2006
Paul Nicholls
Oxford Brookes University, UK
"Brood" - The attachment, shelter and protection of a mother’s young.

The "Paper Nautilus” was the main inspiration for the aquarium. I imitate the way it hangs its eggs from the strongest part of its shell by my placement of exhibit displays. The elevated, shell-like structure is a brood for the display chandeliers that can be lowered independently via remote control by the visitor. The maintenance of the fish decreases the further out onto the water they are, inside the linear repetition of the chandeliers themselves.

Elevated Brood also encourages a graceful use of water by forming a strong relationship with the Serpentine Lake.

Paul Nicholls

From the starting point of a mysterious species of sea creature (the paper nautilus), the eloquently named Elevated Brood project by Paul Nicholls has evolved over the year into this beautiful, impressive and functional piece of architecture. Sitting gracefully at the edge of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park, at ease with and sensitive to its 18th Century surroundings, this building nevertheless has an elegance and urbanity befitting a building set within a park itself bounded by Kensington Palace and Park Lane... The existence of the Museum of the Sea seems almost a fait accompli …

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