Massive Redesign of the Entire Aquarium
Tenji recently completed one of our biggest projects to date: full design and build services for the new “Living Gallery” at the National Shell Museum. This project encompassed a full redesign of their ground floor, with eleven new tanks and significant back-of-house space. What was once an unconditioned museum basement with 154 columns scattered throughout became an immerse experience celebrating mollusks and the natural beauty of Sanibel Island, Florida.
Working within Sanibel’s restrictive building code, Tenji created a new entrance to the Shell Museum that removed a large flight of steps and provided an accessible, modern, and welcoming glass atrium. Our visitor pathway through the space followed the columns’ layout, rather than working against it. We placed tanks in between the columns, erasing the freestanding eyesores by visually blending them in.