Liquid Envelopes: 8 Wondrous New Urban Aquariums

Aquariums are designed around new perspectives. Allowing observers to look at their world through a fresh lens, these projects use view, light and enclosure to orchestrate discovery. Displaying water-dwelling animals and plants, aquariums come in widely different sizes. Both private and commercial in nature, they may range from simple tanks to large public aquaria. Housing everything from single organisms inside nano aquariums to entire ecosystems, these projects work with filtration systems, heaters and refrigeration devices. With a history rooted in Roman marble tanks made for sea barbell, modern aquariums are created as monumental projects. Increasingly, aquariums combine display areas and tanks with education programs and research spaces. Classified by salinity, animal species or temperature range, they are diverse projects that require specialized attention and care. As each of the following projects show, aquariums celebrate spatial experience. Immersive environments are created that encourage slow processions and unexpected encounters. As wondrous projects, aquariums are designed for inspired exploration. Karlovac Freshwater Aquarium by Studio 3LHD, Karlovac, Croatia The Karlovac Aquarium was sited partially along the river Korana. Conceptually, the project was inspired by the city’s historic center “Karlovac star” surrounded by ...
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