The AquaDom aquarium in Berlin's world-renowned, five-star Radisson SAS Hotel does more than break all records as the world's largest cylindrical aquarium; it redefines innovative, acrylic design and engineering.
Standing at over 16 meters in height by 11 meters in diameter, the AquaDom holds nearly 1,000,000 liters of water and more than 100 different species of fish. Visitors who ascend through the water's depths, riding an elevator from the atrium up through the center of the cylinder, see a breathtaking array of colorful corals, rock formations and a myriad of over 2,000 fish – and a mind-blowing example of imagination, engineering and precision.
Such a massive aquarium was thought to be impossible to build…until it was brought to ICM. Working with the great architectural firm of NPS Tchoban Voss in Berlin, the visionary ICM team value-engineered the nearly impossible aquarium design to meet both cost and time restraints – and fulfill the architects' vision.
The resulting design: maintains perfect water clarity (an enormous feat given the aquarium's height), water pressure and unique viewing capabilities; features structural elements that enable the right fish species to inhabit each level of the aquarium while protecting smaller fish from their larger predators, and brings in natural sunlight needed to support critically endangered species.
Opened in April 2004, the AquaDom still soars: an outstanding marvel of creative imagination, technical engineering and precise installation.