The Cretaquarium has recently undergone extensive renovation, involving the addition of new tanks, species, educational programmes and innovative services. As one of Europe’s largest aquariums, Cretaquarium offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent Mediterranean Sea world. The pilot project has been developed in the reception area, all visitation areas and exhibitions, technical areas, basement and exterior.
The lighting designed aimed mainly at saving energy. The fixtures need to be controlled by a system capable of dimming and switching single luminaries and connected to a daylight sensor to save energy when possible. Flexibility, easy maintenance, and cleaning must be carefully considered in the new design. The specific challenges of each space are:
– Reception area: the lighting system must direct visitors’ attention to the reception desk and guide visitors to the exhibitions. The lighting design needed to strengthen the theme of marine world.
– Entrance to the exhibition zone: the new lighting system needs to help visual brightness adaptation for the visitors entering into a dimmed exhibition environment from a brightly lit reception area.
– Multi-Function Room: the lighting system needs to be flexible when space is required to be transformed for special event purposes. Colour changing light fixtures must be allowed for creating different ambient conditions and effects.
– Exterior: the lighting system needs to enhance the presence and character of the building at dark. Building signage and sculptures must be highlighted to drive visitors’ attention. Specific attention should be paid to the choice of fixtures that need to be robust against vandalism and damage, and suitable for resisting marine corrosion.
Besides the general lighting conditions improvements, the results obtained in terms of energy consumption are very good. The possibility to dim and switch off some lights in areas where security is not an issue, even increase the good results obtained with the new lighting system.