Aquariums are wonderful decorations not just for homes but also for offices and various other types of spaces. But aquariums are no longer just rectangular-shaped containers filled with water and colorful fish. They have evolved just like all other things and now you can find all sorts of unusual and unexpected aquarium designs. Here are just a few examples.

Kitchen island

Kitchen islands usually include lots of storage but this one is different and you can probably tell why. Instead of shelves and drawers it has something completely different and unexpected: a massive aquarium. It’s also not just cool-looking but functional as well, featuring a countertop that can be lifted with the press of a button, revealing a hidden set of features and the fact that the aquarium is in fact L-shaped and fitted around a series of storage modules. This amazing island is designed by Robert Kolenik.


Spiral staircases are generally stylish by nature but some stand out more than others. The one designed by Diapo is definitely one of those. What puts it over the top is the fact that the central pillar around which it wraps is actually a giant aquarium. The staircase itself is made of metal and glass which allows it to mimic the aesthetic of the central aquarium. At the same time, the transparent railing allows a clear view of the aquarium from the exterior and it lets light travel through as well.


You might be wondering how could a bird cage possibly also be an aquarium or the other way around. To find an answer to that question you need to look at the Mezzanine which was found on Tankarium, a very interesting prototype which combines these two elements. It’s an aquarium cage, a hybrid which brings together two completely different universes.

Room divider

Considering how unusual some of the other ideas mentioned so far are, this one seems to make a bit more sense and feels a bit more familiar. That’s because this is a room divider with a double-sided built-in aquarium. It was put together by Ocean Aquarium Design and it’s reminiscent of dividers with fireplaces built into them. It’s a cool way to separate a large open space into distinct zones without using solid walls. {

Kitchen aquarium

There’s nothing really revolutionary or unusual about this particular aquarium except for the fact that it’s built into one of the kitchen’s wall units. Having an aquarium in the kitchen is quite unexpected and shows just how much one particular feature gets to influence the overall design and feel of a room. It could be really cool to try something similar in your own home. It doesn’t have to be the kitchen necessarily.{found on reico}.

Hallway aquarium

Continuing on the same note, let’s check out a few more ways in which aquariums can become part of different areas of our homes. This one for example is integrated into the wall of a hallway can be admired from all sides. It penetrates the wall adjacent to the bathroom and it acts as an underwater window.{found on belcrestbuilders}.

Fireplace surround

Of all the possible materials to use for a fireplace surround, glass is one of the most unconventional and intriguing ones, especially when there’s an amazing aquarium behind it. This looks like a very interesting way to combine two very different and contrasting elements that are individually interesting and eye-catching and creating something even more interesting than the two of them separate.{found on dezigninspirations}.

Dining room divider

This is another beautiful example of how an aquarium can be incorporated into a room divider and can become a focal point for not just one space but two as it can be admired from either side. This time we’re looking at a large built-in aquarium which adorns a modern dining room with beige walls and dark wood flooring.{found on duetdesigngroup}.

Side by side

Once again we’re looking at two contrasting elements, a fireplace and an aquarium, fire and water. Although they’re kept separate, they also complement each other and interact with one another in a subtle way. Both are built into this stone wall and have similar proportions which already draws attention to the symmetry of the design.{found on oceansaquarium}.

Aquarium bar

The way in which the aquarium is incorporated into the interior design of this contemporary living room is very interesting. As you can see, the aquarium sits on top of a wooden base and is in fact part of a bar. It’s both a decoration and a divider, although it lets light travel through and is not meant to block the view to the other side.{found on okeanosgroup}.

Underneath the stairs

The space under or next to a staircase is not always used for something. When it is, it’s mostly as a way to add storage to the entryway. However, it can potentially be used as a display area for something beautiful like an aquarium. This is such a beautiful and elegant custom aquarium and it only takes up a section of this space.{found on oceansaquarium}.

Headboard aquarium.

Aquariums are very peaceful and relaxing. Looking at the fish swim around and just watching them enjoying their environment is soothing and very relaxing and this makes this particular aquarium design so much more beautiful and functional. It’s a headboard that contains 650 gallons of water and that will make your dreams very peaceful.{found on thefancy}.

Moody Aquarium Sink.

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.{found on site}.


Here’s another very interesting idea. It’s a simple Mason jar that was attached to a wall shelf. It seems to also double as a vase, although I doubt it’s safe for the fish that’s swimming inside that tiny aquarium. As a decoration, it’s very interesting and unusual. However, it would probably be better if it had only plants and not actual living fish.


Many modern and contemporary coffee tables come with transparent glass tops. That’s because they usually have eye-catching bases that have to be admired from all angles. It’s also the case of this particular coffee table which has an aquarium as a base. It’s beautifully decorated and landscaped and it would be a wonderful attraction in any living room.{found on site}.

Desk aquarium.

A similar concept inspired these pieces of furniture as well. Here’s a series of desks and tables that have built-in aquariums. They are very interesting and they can be a wonderful solution for small home offices where there’s just enough space for a fish tank. You can have the aquarium built into the desk, table or console.{found on site}.


I a way, watching the cute little fish swim around in their aquarium is like watching TV. It’s this analogy that was at the base of this creation. It’s a fish tank placed inside the frame of a vintage TV. For a moment you have the impression that you’re actually watching TV only to discover later that it’s an actual aquarium inside.{found on aquahobby}.


Of all the unusual aquarium designs we have found for this article, this would have to be the craziest one. It’s a pipeline fish tank. You can actually see the fish swimming in the pipes. The design is very creative. The fish can move from one aquarium to another and you can watch them do that while relaxing in your chair.{found on thecontaminated}.

Telephone booth aquarium.

This unusual aquarium is part of a project developed in France. Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino were the ones that transformed several regular telephone booths into aquariums for the Lon Light Festival in France. It was a very interesting way of repurposing the old phone booths and of giving them a whole new function.

Another telephone booth.

A similar project was developed in Osaka where the old telephone booths were transformed into giant goldfish aquariums. This way the phone booths got reused instead of just sitting there being useless. The initiative was very interesting and the project was very creative. Hopefully there will be more ideas like this one and not just in Japan.{found on treehugger}.

Bathtub aquarium.

When a person says they want to swim with the fishes, this is usually a bad news. However, there is also another way of looking at things. This is a bathtub with a built-in aquarium, perfect for nature lovers. It’s called the Moody Acquario and it has a simple and contemporary design. The tub is made of tempered glass and wood.{found on bornrich}.

2 in one.

When you think of decorations for the house, two things may come to your mind. One of them is probably a plant since they are very common in most homes. The other is an aquarium. So how about you get to combine those into one beautiful piece? This is both a planter and a fish tank. The plant sits in the pot on top while the fish swims in the tank on the bottom. It’s a very nice duo.{found on yankodeisgn}.

Light bulb.

Here’s another very interesting and very unexpected aquarium design. It’s a light bulb turned into a fish tank. As you can see, the light bulb has been emptied and it has decorative tiny braches sticking down. It is partially filled with water and tiny fish swim inside. Although it’s a very interesting idea, I wonder how pleasant it is for the fish and how you get to feed them.

Aquarium divider.

When you’re working in an office with tiny workspaces and when you’re surrounded by nothing but concrete walls and artificial lights, even the slightest element that doesn’t fall into the same category would be like a breath of fresh air. This office features a very nice balance between natural and artificial elements. The giant fish tank separates the work spaces and provides the workers with something and relaxing to look at.

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