research and training facility into the preservation and protection of coastal waters around Cambodia and nieghbouring countries. Public activites promote marine awareness and understanding, enable marine recreational activities, and provide benefits for coastal communities.
The design takes its form from sea creatures using biomimicry to design an envelope that can open and regulate internal temperatures and airflow. The internal structure also borrows from the branching design to minimise the structural supports and create large open spaces within for exhibits. and research spaces.
We were looking for something special and different from the main stream, We didn't want the same cookie cutter approach we had found elsewhere. The team at COLE took us through the design process and delivered far beyond our initial expectations and we could not be more happy with the results.
— Jean Hicks
People comment about the building when they visit, They love the way it fuses the old with the new. I love the way the light comes through the spaces in the morning it does not fail to make me smile
— Chris Stanworth