The architect, Atlanta’s own TVS, called it “An Ark of Bio Diversity”.
The design of the Georgia Aquarium’s blue metal-and-glass exterior is meant to evoke a giant ark breaking through a wave. It is a vessel of conservation, preservation and education, represented by the large blue metal body, which slices into the wave to shed light into the deepest seas. Conceived as an urban composition of expressive architectonic forms, the aquarium represents a large body of water, undulating against the street/ “shoreline” opposite Centennial Park.
Since Atlanta is far from any ocean, the design team focused on “immersion”, wrapping the guest into the underwater world from start to finish, while coming face to face with some of the most incredible ocean creatures. The 634,000 sf building houses 120,000 animals, representing 500 species, in 9.3 million US gallons of marine and fresh water.
The cost, with later additions, was $207…
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