CASE STUDY: A Shaded Solution for AQWA's New Fish Tank

Project Details

Morley Canvas Client: AQWA – The Aquarium of Western Australia

AQWA is Western Australia’s premiere marine attraction located right on the water in hillarys. A popular Perth tourist destination for local and international guests, AQWA have many rare and unusual underwater sea creatures.


This project received a special commendation from the Specialised Textiles Association.
Category: Blinds and Awnings (Internal and External) – Commercial.
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The Situation

AQWA recently installed a new fish tank on their premises and noticed an overwhelming amount of light was reflecting onto the glass. This made it difficult for visitors to view and admire the fish. The shade sail covering the fish tank was unfortunately not enough to reduce the reflection, so AQWA approached Morley Canvas for an efficient cost-effective solution.

Key Requirements

  • Reduction in glare from the sun
  • Panels to include artwork
  • Professionally manufactured and installed


The Challenges

One of the key challenges of this project was minimising the sail-like effect of only having three sides and a roof covered, while being located right on the beach. Incorrect design and execution could result in the sea breeze causing havoc and developing rips or tears in the fabric.

The second challenge was matching the top of the blinds with the roof as it was in no way consistent. Accurate measurement and well-executed fabrication was key to a successful outcome – a task perfectly suited for Morley Canvas as we manufacture all products in our WA based workshops to ensure highest-quality finishing’s.


The Results

aqwa fish tank - printed canvas and installationUsing Sunbrella fabrics and Ziptrak® track-guided blinds, Morley Canvas were able to develop a holistic solution to the project. With detailed measurements, the Perth based team fabricated the digitally printed fabric panels. The Morley Canvas installation team then arrived on location and installed the new custom-made products at AQWA in Hillarys.

 The project took over four different designs to perfect, however, the final layout left nothing more to be desired. The new fish tank area could now be viewed with no glare entering from the sun. This brought the fish tank to life, added a new welcoming atmosphere to the outdoor area, and ensured visitors could enjoy the new fish tank in its entirety.


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