Sep 3, 2007

Aquarium in Berlin ....

Placed at the lobby of the Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin the 25 meters high AquaDom is the largest cylindrical aquarium ever built. Filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater it contains some 2600 fish of 56 species

Combined with a vast amount of sandblasted glass, the giant AquaDom gives a transparent- like feeling

to the lobby Guests and visitors are able to travel through the aquarium in a glass-enclosed elevato r

to reach a sightseeing point and restaurant under the glass roof.

Two full-time divers are responsible for the care and feeding of the fish and maintenance of the aquarium. Some of the interior rooms and suites look out over the atrium, offering "ocean views" of the AquaDom

ConstructionThe 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.

Staying at the SAS Radisson you are within walking distance to both new and old Berlin; from magnificent buildings dating back to Kaiser Wilhelm to the latest examples of modern architecture.

Walk out the door and pass by the Palace of the Republic (1976), a cuboid structure with orange-tinted windows, built under the communist regime. Then cross Schinkel's Schlossbr├╝cke (1824) to Unter den Linden and, if you are a Karl Friedrich Schinkel lover, visit the Schinkel Museum in the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, a red brick church designed by Schinkel himself, the Royal Guardhouse (1816), the National Theatre (1823), and the "Alte" Museum (1830) on Museum Island.

Walk a little further along Unter den Linden and turn down Friedrichstrasse, towards Checkpoint Charlie, and you will find buildings by Jean Nouvel, Philip Johnson, Aldo Rossi, Josef Paul Kleihues, Rem Koolhaas, Oswalt Mathias Ungers, and more.......

Turn back to Unter den Linden, and walk towards the Brandenburg Gate, passing by the Guggenheim Berlin by Richard Gluckman, the German Historical Museum by I.M. Pei, the British Embassy by Michael Wilford and,on Pariser Platz, the DZ Bank by Frank Gehry and the French Embassy by Christian de Portzamparc.Pass by twobuildings by Josef Paul Kleihues, and the new construction site of the American Embassy by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects, to the Reichtag by Norman Foster and further to the Federal Chancellery by Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank.

Taking the opposite direction from the Brandenburg Gate walk pass the Field of Stelae by Peter Eisenman to Potsdamer Platz and check out the new buildings by Renzo Piano, Rafael Moneo, Helmut Jahn, Richard Rogers, Nicolas Grimshaw, and more...
This is just going in one direction from the hotel.

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