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horniman aquarium on the gulbenkian long-list - 07/02/2007

The Horniman Aquarium, designed by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, is one of just ten museums and galleries, long-listed for the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize; at 100,000, Britain`s largest single arts prize awarded each year to a museum or gallery.

Richard Williams, Director, is a specialist in the design of aquaria and has an international reputation for the delivery of these complex schemes. Richard: I am delighted that the Horniman has been placed on the long list for the Gulbenkian Prize, it is a great endorsement for us given the prestige and authority of the award.

The gallery successfully balances the technical design of the habitat, ensuring it is comfortable and sustainable for its inhabitants, with the aesthetic of designing for the visitor experience.

Janet Vitmayer, Director of the Horniman Museum, said "The Horniman Aquarium takes you on a journey from a British pond to a Rainforest in Guyana with 150 species in 15 displays. Children are really enjoying the atmospheric viewing dens, the colourful fish in the Fijian Coral Reef and watching the waves in the rock pool area."