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Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a store a friend of mine just opened in Seattle, called Aquarium Zen. Today’s grand opening has been a couple years in the making, and I was privileged to be asked to come in before the crowds to capture the energy of the place. The boutique is less a fish shop than it is an experience. In his words:
My goal when designing the space was to create a sort of alternate universe where the contrast between the chaos of urban street life would juxtapose with the tranquility of the aquatic life held within. The idea was to create a natural sanctuary that is artificial but still resonates with the healing vibes you might associate with a walk in the forest or sitting by a stream. The space itself is nearly a hundred years old and is loaded with character – exposed brick walls, skylights, old growth Douglas fir exposed beams and hardwood floors. Not your typical pet shop.
We cater to a style of aquarium keeping that originated in Japan called the “Nature Aquarium,” which tries to elevate the aquarium to an art form.
I wanted to create a space that celebrated nature and love for aquariums and to create an experience for our community. In my mind, it’s a living art installation disguised as a pet shop. The aquarium can be a lens into normally unseen realms of nature that are magical. When executed with an artistic intention, the aquarium can create a transformative experience for the viewer, a timeless space and moment that is not soon forgotten.
My friend Steve is a mad genius and I absolutely love his store to death!
If anyone is with in a couple hour drive of the Seattle area I highly suggest going to check out Aquarium Zen.
Hnnggg- I need this.
Adding this to my fish tour of the west coast…
This place is absolutely beautiful. WOW!!