A Colos­sal Vis­ual Feast

Shop­pers at Ocea­nia Mall will be in for a treat this year

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The world’s tallest cylin­dri­cal aquar­ium hous­ing an el­e­va­tor ride and walk-through tun­nel de­buted at the new Ocea­nia Mall in Moscow, Rus­sia. This 24m tall acrylic aquar­ium was de­signed and built by the International Con­cept Man­age­ment (ICM), and is now a fo­cal point for the state-of-the-art shop­ping cen­tre in the heart of Rus­sia.

The aquar­ium pro­vides an en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and serves as the cen­tre­piece for shop­pers at the mall. It not only is an ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning feast, but com­pletely im­merses guests into the un­der­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment. The aquar­ium is 24m tall and 10m wide, hold­ing 900,000 litre of salt­wa­ter. With an ex­ten­sive back­ground on com­plex en­gi­neer­ing and so­phis­ti­cated de­signs, ICM is able to make this walk-through tun­nel a huge suc­cess.

Not only did the com­pany de­sign, build and com­mis­sioned the record­set­ting aquar­ium, they also man­age to in­stall it en­tirely. 56 pieces of acrylic were shipped to Moscow and bonded to­gether in spe­cially built tech­ni­cal rooms, a tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive process that was suc­cess­fully car­ried out de­spite it be­ing in the mid­dle of win­ter in Moscow. The largest cranes in Rus­sia were brought in to lift the heavy pieces from the tech­ni­cal rooms into their fi­nal lo­ca­tion in­side the shop­ping mall. The en­tire process from de­sign through com­ple­tion took ap­prox­i­mately 15 months, quite an im­pres­sive time frame.

“Many as­pects of this project were quite tech­ni­cal and chal­leng­ing, but we had con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence to rely on,” said An­drius Ven­galis, ICM’s on-site Project Man­ager. “Our team ex­e­cuted this project per­fectly and we couldn’t be more pleased with the out­come of the Ocea­nia Mall Aquar­ium.”

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