Norway or the Land of the Midnight Sun is well-known for its remarkable fjords, lakes, and magical skies. The spectacular Hardangerfjord is the fifth-longest fjord globally recognized for its hiking and biking trail. Soon it will also be known for housing the massive floating exhibition center, Salmon Eye. London can keep its London Eye, and Dubai can keep its Ain Dubai. Norway is devoted to the future of aquaculture with Salmon Eye. As seen in images, the elliptical structure floats in the center of the water body and can only be accessed by boat. The interior space will comprise 650 sq.m of interactive exhibition area. The glistening exterior akin to the skin of the salmon is sheathed in 9,500 high-grade stainless steel scales.
Credit for this unique structure dedicated to changing the face of salmon farming in Scandinavia goes to Kvorning Design & Communication, a subsidiary of the group named Marketex Marin. The 1,000-ton facility is located in the middle of a commercial fishing operation run by Eide Fjordbruk. Designboom shared, ‘The implementation of such a project requires the highest level of commitment from each of the participants involved, as nothing remotely similar we haven’t constructed before,’ said Fjodor Kvitš, a member of the Marketex Marine board. ‘The entire construction is a combination of a pontoon and an unconventional elliptical upper structure shaped to resemble a fisheye. On the outside, the structure is to be covered with 9 500 high-grade stainless steel ‘scales’ that will imitate the appearance and the color of salmon skin with its unique reflection. The works are running as scheduled, and the steel structure has been sent for paint coating.’
Though the date of completion isn’t disclosed yet, we do know work has already begun on the project. The team has developed interactive interiors to evoke interest in visitors through projections on the walls and extensive roe-shaped displays that augment rampways and stairs. To make the space accessible and comfortable, lifts can move between levels and access the roof terrace. Does the future of aquaculture excite you?