This is the largest Cylindrical Aquarium Elevator in the world, the AquaDom. The AquaDom can be found in Berlin at the Radisson SAS Hotel lobby.
The glass tube in the hotel lobby is called AquaDom. It is the largest acrylic cylinder in the world, filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater. There even is an elevator inside the aquarium.
It’s considered the largest of its kind to be built and stands at 25 meters tall and is filled with roughly 900,000 liters of sea water which is home to 2600 fish of 56 different species, artificial colorful corals and rock formations. It has a a diameter of over 11 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation.
There are various employees working daily inside the cylinder maintaining it and feeding the tropical sea fish.
It isn’t necessary to be a deep sea diver to enjoy the views at the bottom. A visitor can simply take the glass elevator ride through the middle of the aquarium from the bottom to the top to reach the sightseeing point and panoramic restaurant under the glass roof.
The elevator slides up and down in the middle of the cylinder allowing the visitors to take a quick look into the aquarium from a different angle.
There’s enough work for the divers who work daily in the AquaDome, inch by inch is being cleaned while visitors pass by in the elevator.
The AquaDom opened in 2003 and cost around 12.8m euros to build. The aquarium is built with synthetic glass and designed by the architect Sergei Tchoban. It is now the main attraction of the Berlin Sea Life Center. The feeding of the fish and the cleaning of the fish tank is performed daily by a pair of full-time divers.
The result is an amazing design and concept although one can argue about the huge amount of sea water that’s being used in this aquarium and the ecological effects, but spectacular it is.
A panoramic view at the hotel lobby and aquarium from the restaurant above the AquaDome.
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A concrete pool is built by spraying specially formulated concrete under high pressure over a web of structural steel bars. This spray-in-place process if often referred to as gunite or shotcrete, depending on the equipment. The result is a monolithic structure – one continuous surface with no seams – that will withstand earth movement and the test of time. The interior surface is then coated with one of an endless array of Marblelite tones and textures. Decorative tiles and coping are all available in wide selection of options. Periodic surface refinishing is recommended to keep the pool looking its best, with timing of this dependent on the coating and pool environment.
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Pool shapes seem almost endless – In addition to considering the wide selection shown in the “Photo Gallery – Vinyl Lined Pools”, refer also to pool shapes. This is a listing of popular shapes, but if you don’t see what you are after, chances are we can do it.
Beautiful liner patterns and colours – Link to the vinyl liners to view the selection of liner patterns.