3LHDs' project of the Karlovac freshwater aquarium has won in the Architecture +Landscape category of the Architizers' A+Awards. It was awarded with both the A+Award from the jury and the A+ Popular Choice Award from the readers.
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The Aquarium building is embedded in the natural environment of the Korana river and completely covered with earthen material. The design concept was inspired by the city’s historic center “Karlovac star” surrounded by “Šanci” – defensive earthen walls and mounds. A public square area is defined by the aquarium building surrounding it with the entrance to the exhibition, a reading room with a cafe bar and office spaces. The aquarium exhibition displays the flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and their ecosystems, geological history, traditional culture and history. The display layout follows the flow of a karst river, tracing its entire flow from the “source” on the square, the system of ramps with aquariums, the caves, and a, tunnel all the way to a system of cascading aquariums whose biotopes display waterfalls and a travertine barrier.
Karlovac freshwater aquarium is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund under the “Regional Competitiveness” 2007-2013 Operational Programme. The total value of the project is 36.691.939,28 Kuna’s, of which the grant from the European Regional Development Fund is 36,222,282.45 Kuna’s.
Link to project: http://www.3lhd.com/en/project/karlovac-aquarium-and-river-museum