- Aug 23, 2012
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquariums in the world, housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species. It holds eight million gallons (thirty million liters) of fresh and salt water and covers almost 12 acres of covered space. The facility also includes a 16,400 square foot (1,520 m2) ballroom that can host up to 1600 people. This hall features two 10 x 28 foot (3 x 9 meter) windows that enable viewing of the whale sharks and beluga whales.
The aquarium was designed by Atlanta-based architecture firm Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS). The blue metal and glass exterior of the aquarium was designed to resemble a giant ark breaking through a wave. The ship’s hull appears to emerge from two large buildings that feature curved, flowing roofs that were designed to represent ocean swells. TVS Interiors did the interior design of the facility as well as the design of the two retail shops located inside the aquarium.
Construction occurred over a 27-month period. Construction of the aquarium was contracted by Brasfield & Gorrie, a General Contractor headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Over 100,000 yards of concrete of concrete were used along with epoxy-coated reinforcing steel.
The aquarium opened in November 2005 and it remains one of the most visited museums in the world.