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Georgia Aquarium

Architecture : Concept and Schematic

CLIENT : Marcus Foundation
LOCATION : Georgia, Atlanta
TYPE : Public aquarium, entertainment destination
SIZE : 550,000 sq.ft / 51,000 m2

Hetzel Design were involved with this important public project from inception to completion. The story of Noah’s Ark was the inspiration behind the ship-like shapes of the building exterior as well as the form and design of the main interior hubs.GGE and Hetzel Design collaborated with a world-class team of marine biologists in an effort to push the boundaries of animal exhibit design and reinvent the guest experience.

At the time of its opening in 2005, Georgia Aquarium was the largest in the world with more than 100,000 animals, representing 500 species in 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and fresh water.