Sea, But Not Heard
Infinity Aquarium Design creates an undersea wonder in the Las Vegas desert.
An aquarium can be the ideal complement to any interior living space. It can be a calm, peaceful, multicoloured and mesmerizing accoutrement, turning any room into a sanctuary. In the fast-paced mayhem that is Las Vegas, however, perhaps it’s only natural that any aquarium might be slightly bigger and more elaborate than what the rest of us might envision or be used to.
That’s what noted HGTV personality Nic Tiemens of Infinity Aquarium of Los Angeles designed and created at Desert Oasis, a magnificent 51,000-square-foot estate about 10 minutes from the famed Vegas Strip. In a residential compound that already contained a sprawling water park, baseball field, BMX course, regulation-sized hockey rink and basketball court, MMA gym, batting cages, golf simulator, movie theatres, health spas and an endless funhouse of activities, Tiemens added a “small” backdrop adjacent to an intimate poker lounge and card-room by building a custom-made 400-gallon acrylic aquarium with a tech-savvy support system.
This is much more than an aquarium containing a rock and a castle with a drawbridge. With more than 30 years of combined experience in the aquarium industry, Infinity Aquarium Design specializes in the design, fabrication, installation and professional maintenance of custom, high-end aquariums. Infinity practises what it calls the “science of aquariology”: the study of animals in controlled aquatic systems.
As leaders in this industry, Infinity Aquarium vets its suppliers and vendors thoroughly and works only with organizations that monitor and care for the natural reefs from which all livestock is obtained, while at the same time working to promote public awareness of ocean conservation.
As impressive as the size of this Las Vegas aquarium at Desert Oasis is, perhaps even more so is the technology built into it for the safety and health of its inhabitants. With building sustainability being an increasing request from his clients, Tiemens responsibly sources all materials for his aquariums. In addition, his world-renowned designs feature the latest technology. Infinity teams wire the aquariums to send text alerts to staff members if the fish need a temperature or lighting adjustment. Every accommodation for the safety of the aquatic life is the No. 1 priority in Infinity Aquarium projects.
Of course, for such a priority project, design does matter and appearances do come into account. The aquarium is surrounded by custom, hand-carved cabinetry, which took more than 100 hours to create, contains custom LED lighting and fits completely into the Spanish Colonial design of the estate.
Aquariums, whatever the size or content, can be both fascinating and serene, but, most importantly, during these turbulent times, a powerful reminder of the wonders of life on our all-too-fragile planet.