AquaDom

AquaDom:

"The base of the AquaDom rises 26 feet above the ground floor. Visitors have the unique experience of ascending through the water's depths as they ride a split-level glass elevator from the ground floor up seven floors, through the center of the AquaDom. As they rise they experience an array of colorful corals, rock formations and a myriad of over 2,000 fish.

"It breaks all records as the largest cylinder aquarium in the world, at over 52 feet in depth by 36 feet in diameter. The enormous height, water pressure and unique viewing opportunities created a number of challenges for the ICM filtration design team. Maintaining perfect water clarity in an aquarium of this size is achieved through a sophisticated system of filtration components situated two floors beneath the cylinder. One million liters of artificially created seawater are recycled once every hour to ensure that the aquarium occupants are given the best possible environment while maintaining a perfectly clear viewing experience for visitors."

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16 Responses:

  1. All that and no fishcam?

  2. recrea33 says:

    that is so cool
    it looks like something out of half life

  3. Man, I want one. An aquarium that you can go scuba diving in!

  4. ninetytwelve says:

    it looks like the evil computer from i, robot

  5. googoobaby says:

    It's all too futuristic for words...I must write postcards.

  6. asan102 says:

    "Alright everyone, welcome to the project planning meeting for the new Multi-use development we've been assigned to. Now, we're looking for some way to make this building unique. Any ideas?"

    "Well, we'd get a lot of publicity if it broke some kind of world record. Something like....

    "...longest escalator?"

    "..world's biggest parking garage?"

    "...Oh, I know. How about we put a giant cylindrical aquarium in the middle? With an elevator in the middle! Not just a Giant Cylindrical Aquarium-Elavator, but the WORLDS LARGEST Giant Cylindrical Aquarium Elevator!"

    "Um. Way to think outside the box Phil."

  7. asan102 says:

    Hmm. IT says they have a split-level elevator, but form what I can see there's only one level for you to get off/on. Does this mean that people riding in the upper level of the elevator are sitting in a glass box (er.. cylinder) 10 feet above the top of the aquarium while they wait for people on the bottom floor to load? Weird.

    • If you look closely at the picture you can see that there's a spiral staircase in the elevator that allows you to walk up to the second deck. Totally absurd, perhaps, but so is the scale of this thing.

      • asan102 says:

        So you get on the elevator... and take the stairs. Perhaps this is the start of a new business in meta-elevator technology?

        • asan102 says:

          Now that I think about it, this reminds me of the space elevator in the Red Mars series. It was several stories tall, so you could take an elevator between floors of the elevator.

          Also, the more I look at it, the more I think -- holy christ, that's some strong glass.

  8. "One million liters of artificially created seawater are recycled once every hour to ensure that the aquarium occupants are given the best possible environment while maintaining a perfectly clear viewing experience for visitors."

    Which leaves one to wonder in what ways this filtration process to produce a better-than-real-life environment for the fishies and better-than-SCUBA viewing experience for those who don't want to get all that pesky water on them while viewing Nature is affecting the really-real world outside. We are living in the future, it's just lacking the bits I liked in the book. Must be the movie version.

  9. echeng says:

    my buddies have dove the aquadom. see photos here: http://digideep.com/articles.php?id=6

  10. _uriel_ says:

    Now all it needs is a few hundred Mantis Shrimp...