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AquaDom - AQUARIUM ELEVATOR - Largest aquarium in the world

x003The Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin (Germany), which is situated on the River Spree, directly across from the Berlin Cathedral, appears from the exterior to be just another ordinary luxury hotel. Once you enter the hotel, nothing prepares you for the sight of the giant cylindrical Aquarium towering 25m (82 feet) smack in the center of the lobby.

The AquaDom was opened in December 2003. It cost about 12.8 million euros. The acrylic glass cylinder was constructed by the U.S. company Reynolds Polymer Technology. The outside cylinder was manufactured on-site from four pieces; the inside cylinder for the elevator was delivered in one piece. The Aquadom is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world, with a diameter of over 11 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation. Filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater, it contains some 2600 fish of 56 species. The feeding of the fish and the cleaning of the fish tank is performed daily by divers.

Construction of the AquaDom was no easy feat, inaugurated in December 2003; the acrylic glass cylinder was manufactured in four pieces and constructed on-site on top of a nine meter concrete foundation. The pieces of acrylic were crane lifted into place during the construction of the hotel itself, as the rest of the hotel was gradually being built around the tank. The estimated cost of construction of the AquaDom is said to around 12.8 Million Euros.

Guest staying at the Radisson can opt for AquaDom facing suites which have windows looking directly to the Aquarium, which must be one amazing view to wake up to each morning.









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