Paul Nicholls Elevated Brood Aquarium

If there is one project you will take the time to learn about today it should be this. Elevated Brood by Paul D Nichols a masterful display of the application of naturally-inspired architecture. Absolutely stunning imagery.

Paul D Nichol‘s Elevated Brood was shortlisted in the 2007 Riba Student Awards for good reason. The design itself is masterful but it has also gained worldwide recognition for its beyond impressive visual presentation. The images are quite mesmerizing, and coming from a background equally influenced by the visual arts we couldn’t help but ask Paul for permission to share his work with my readers. Please make sure to visit Paul’s website and also his new project Factory Fifteen.


We were successful in talking to Paul about the specifics of the design and how the obviously organic inspiration in form came about, this is what he had to say:

“Brood” is 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, coupled with the solar lilies, the further structures become almost completely independent. Elevated Brood also encourages a graceful use of water by forming a strong relationship with the Serpentine Lake.

You can understand what elevated chandeliers he is talking about in this interior illustrations:

From a strictly architectural perspective this full package is a perfect examples of a collective set of drawings and illustrations made in a way to reinforce the ideas and thoughts behind the project itself. Take a look at these line drawings for an idea:

Here are some more views of the project:

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