THE AQUATIS PROJECT

KEY FIGURES

12000 m2
platform
143
hotel rooms
20
ecosystems
2 million
litres of fresh water
1200
parking spaces
50
conference capacity
3500 m2
visit circuit
46
aquariums / vivariums / terrariums
100
reptiles and amphibians
10000
fish
100000
aluminium discs on the facade
75 minutes
instructionnal videos

AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT

AQUATIS is a unique concept in Switzerland and Europe. AQUATIS has the characteristic of being at the same time, a scientific, technological, cultural and durable project. This project is:

BEWITCHING: it makes you dream and better understand the planet through an enchanting scenography.

EDUCATIONAL: accessible to all audiences, it is above all a place of knowledge sharing that promotes interaction with researchers, carers and scientists. Many workshops exist to discover or deepen your knowledge.

CITIZEN: it draws an enlightened statement of the human footprint on the planet and warns of future emergencies.

COMMITTED: towards the protection of our environment and more particularly the protection of fresh water, source of life.

DESTINED to make known the water and freshwater aquatic environments.

INTEGRATED: within a network of life sciences and the environment thanks to many cultural and scientific partners.

SCENOGRAPHIC: using modern digital technologies to reveal the richness of our planet's biodiversity and to create a plural place with multiple levels of understanding and numerous surprises.

ECORESPONSIBLE: built with optimised materials in terms of thermal performance and equipped with fluids which are neutral for the environment.

STRATEGIC: located in a transport hub, it encourages environmentally friendly travel.

AQUATIS FOUNDATION

The Foundation is seeking to make AQUATIS the most important place of scientific culture in Switzerland focusing on the theme of fresh water.

Recognised as a non-profit organisation, the Foundation is the guarantor of the AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium cultural and scientific project. In this context, it proposes and finances projects for temporary exhibitions, conference cycles and educational activities.

The Sandoz Family Foundation allowed the financing of studies prior to the installation of the Aquarium-Vivarium and the development of the project.

The Gelbert Foundation provided major support for the first part of the visit circuit.

The Ernst Göhner Foundation made a significant contribution to the introductory part of the visit circuit.

The Loterie Romande provided valuable aid for the introductory area of the visit circuit.

SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION

In order to benefit from the latest results of research and strengthen links between the scientific community and the general public, the Foundation AQUATIS works in collaboration with renowned institutions.

UNIL

The Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment of the University of Lausanne provides its competence for the AQUATIS project in the field of research into water and the environment, it studies more particularly: the structure of the flows of mountain water and the ecology of streams; micropollutants released into the water and the state of ground water (aquifers) in Switzerland and abroad, including Lake Geneva.

UNIGE

The Institute of Sciences of the Environment of the University of Geneva provides its competence on the themes that cover the main fields studied there (biodiversity, climate, water, energy, towns and territories) and, more particularly, information relating to the impact of climate change.

HELVETAS

The partnership with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation allows AQUATIS to benefit from the organisation’s long experience in the field of development aid, notably on issues of accessibility to water.

IUCN

UICN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources is known notably for its Red List of Threatened Species. This collaboration will encourage better knowledge of this list and the status of several species that can be seen at AQUATIS.

Convention de Ramsar

The Convention on wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, contributes to the Aquatis project by making available its knowledge concerning the protection of wetlands of major importance.

Fondation Tour du Valat

The partnership with the Tour du Valat Foundation allows AQUATIS to benefit from scientific contents on topics linked to Camargue and Mediterranean wetlands. It is linked to the section of the visit circuit that presents the Rhone from its source to it mouth in Carmargue. 

CIPEL

The CIPEL monitor the development of the quality of Lake Geneva, the Rhone and their tributaries. It ensures the maintenance or restoration of a good state of the aquatic environments, also allowing certain uses of the lake (drinking water, nautical activities, or even fishing). She brings her skills to the visiting area dedicated to Lake Geneva.

karch

The karch provides expertise and information on the biology and behavior of reptiles and amphibians in Europe, the threats to these species and the conservation actions required.

CNRS

The National Center for Scientific Research produces fundamental knowledge. Two of its laboratories pooled with the Université de Lyon are associated with Aquatis. The environment, city and society laboratory (UMR 5600) has expertise in the field of river dynamics, studying in particular the effects of anthropogenic developments and restoration actions on river forms and processes. The Ecology Laboratory for Natural and Human Hydrosystems (UMR 5023) studies the biological and ecological mechanisms involved in the functioning of hydrosystems, predicting the effects of global changes and measuring the effects of restoration operations in the Rhone.

IRSTEA

The National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture works on the sustainable management of territories, water management and associated risks, drought, floods, floods, study of complex ecosystems and biodiversity in their interrelationships with human activities. Le centre de Lyon-Villeurbanne studies the sediments and pollutants on the Rhone river and has developed models to predict the ecological effects of the physical restoration of rivers.

Graie

The Groupe de Recherche, d'Animation technique et d'Information sur l'Eau mobilizes actors in the management of water, aquatic environments and urban planning and aims to develop a shared culture based on knowledge and exchange of experience. Among its activities, GRAIE runs two research facilities labeled by the CNRS on the Rhône: la Zone Atelier Bassin du Rhône (ZABR) and l'Observatoire Homme-Milieux Vallée du Rhône (OHM VR). These devices produce knowledge about the ecological status and socio-ecosystem functioning of the river and provide practitioners with tools for decision-making.

PROJECT HISTORY

15.11.2000
PROJECT LAUNCH

Birth of the project from the inspirations of two aquaculture engineers: Mr Frédéric Pitaval and Ms Morgane Labous.

15.01.2002
AquaEcopole Concept Sàrl

Birth of the project from the inspirations of two aquaculture engineers: Mr Frédéric Pitaval and Ms Morgane Labous.

09.12.2005
CONTEST WINNER

The company AquaEcopole Concept Sàrl wins the public architectural competition launched by the City of Lausanne for the development of the Park&Ride car park (P+R) of Lausanne-Vennes.

15.06.2007
CREATION OF THE FOUNDATION

Creation of the operating company Aquatis SA and Fondation AQUATIS whose mission is the promotion of education on the environment and sustainable development and the search for funding.

27.10.2008
M2

Inauguration of the M2 metro line arriving under the AQUATIS platform.

05.01.2009
BOAS & Aquatis SA

BOAS Group CEO, Mr Bernard Russi, decides to invest in the project and becomes the majority shareholder of Aquatis SA.

17.09.2010
INAUGURATION OF THE P+R

BOAS Group CEO, Mr Bernard Russi, decides to invest in the project and becomes the majority shareholder of Aquatis SA.

15.06.2012
Building permit

Building permit granted.

15.04.2013
FIRST STONE OF THE HOTEL

Laying of the first stone for Aquatis First Class 3-star Hotel & Conference Centres.

14.11.2013
TAKE-OVER OF THE VIVARIUM COLLECTION

Signature of an agreement between Fondation AQUATIS and Fondation du Vivarium de Lausanne for the recovery of living collections and their integration within AQUATIS.

20.05.2014
THE FIRST STONE OF AQUATIS AQUARIUM-VIVARIUM LAUSANNE

Laying of the first stone of AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne.

20.03.2015
OPENING OF THE AQUATIS HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Opening of Aquatis First Class 3-star Hotel & Conference Centres.

19.10.2017
Official inauguration

Official inauguration.

21.10.2017
OPENING!

Opening of AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne.