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these new premises for the institute of marine affairs consist of four buildings clustered around a small piazza. the research block (shown here) includes 15 labs for marine chemistry, fisheries and aquaculture, and environmental research. the information block includes the library, it offices, and children’s education facilities. the auditorium includes an exhibition gallery and small bar; while the administrative block houses all operational staff on two floors, flanked by a parade of aquaria.

project client: institute of marine affairs
project architect: acla:works
project contractor: r.k. plummer and associates ltd.
civil + structural engineers: ks&p limited
mechanical + electrical engineers: genivar (adeb consultants)
interior designer: acla:works
quantity surveyor: anthony krogh & associates
project management: acla:works
area: 2,900 sq. metres (research block)
function: research building and offices
location: chaguaramas, trinidad
status: completed 2009