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Henning Larsen Architects wins Batumi Aquarium in Georgia
Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2010 |

Henning Larsen Architects has won first prize for its significant concept for a new aquarium in the Georgian seaport of Batumi.

Exterior view of entrance

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Exterior view of entrance

Inspired by the characteristic pebbles continually shaped by the wash of the waves of the Batumi beach the building stands out as an iconic rock formation visible from both land and sea. The formation constitutes four self-supporting exhibition areas where each of the four stones represents a unique marine biotype.

Exterior view of surrounding landscape

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Exterior view of surrounding landscape

Elevation rendering

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Elevation rendering

Elevation rendering

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Elevation rendering

Night view from beach

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Night view from beach

The 2,000 m2 building will compose a modern, cultural aquarium offering visitors an educational, entertaining and visually stimulating journey through the different seas. The central, multipurpose space in connection with the aquarium features a café and retail functions and its flexible layout makes it well-suited for presentations and workshops.

Bird's eye view

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Bird's eye view

Entrance-Main common space

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Entrance-Main common space

Unfolding around the aquarium, a landscape of different sea archipelagos provides attractive opportunities for innovative outdoor research and learning as well as informal meetings along the beachfront. Its significant expression inspired by nature will not only make Batumi Aquarium a spectacular new landmark in Georgia but also a state-of-the-art contribution to exploring life underneath the sea.

Shark tank with stepped podium

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Shark tank with stepped podium

Cross section

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Cross section

Circulation types

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Circulation types

Level 00

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Level 00

Level 01

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Level 01

Conceptual diagram

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Conceptual diagram

Conceptual diagram

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Conceptual diagram

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Location: Batumi in the Republic of Georgia
Client: Association A.T.U
Gross Floor Area: 2,000 m2
Type of assignment: First prize in invited competition
Location:       Batumi in the Republic of Georgia
Client:         Association A.T.U.
Gross floor area:       2,000 m2
Year of design:         2010 - 2010
Type of assignment:     First prize in invited competition
Location:       Batumi in the Republic of Georgia
Client:         Association A.T.U.
Gross floor area:       2,000 m2
Year of design:         2010 - 2010
Type of assignment:     First prize in invited competition
Project team from Henning Larsen Architects includes Louis Becker (design director, partner) Anders Park (project manager), Viggo Haremst (design responsible), Michael Sørensen and Jaewoo Chun.



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water, georgia, aquarium, henning larsen, batumi, pebbles
Comments:
Frank
Netherlands
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Stunning images! Anyone knows who made these renders?

Art
Sweden
Thursday, July 01, 2010
HLA did the renders

Rchard
New York
Thursday, July 01, 2010
great design idea! simple and still intriguing

MoreThenMeetsTheEye
Sweden
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Simple? The concept LOOKS simple, the construction a nightmare. Why should a building copy nature? Nature is nature, construction is construction!!

shocker
London
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Despite the attractive images, the design appears rather superficial. It seems as if it's a year one architecture student's 3D exercise. Is this really done by Henning Larsen?

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