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Human Fish Pool in the Postojna Cave / Studio Stratum

  • 01:00 - 28 March, 2012
Human Fish Pool in the Postojna Cave / Studio Stratum
Human Fish Pool in the Postojna Cave / Studio Stratum, © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ljubljanska cesta 2, 6232 Postojna, Slovenia
  • Architects

    Studio Stratum - Polona Filipič, Peter Šenk
  • Collaborators

    Klemen Kušar
  • Client

    Turizem Kras, d.d.
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. As the Postojna Cave attracts up to 5000 visitors per day, it was necessary to design an aquarium that would bring one of the main attractions of the Karst underworld closer to larger groups of visitors, making use of the existing artificial berm and the widened area of the path through the cave. The object of the project was to design a new aquarium that would ensure suitable conditions for keeping human fish (Proteus anguinus) available for public viewing. When developing the design, it was necessary to consider manual construction and accordingly adjust the size of individual elements, which can be transported into the cave by the cave train. The project was a precedent for similar interventions in the cave.

site plan
site plan

Reflecting the flow of visitors, the structure design is in line with a request for large transparent glass surfaces and an excellent view of the aquarium interior for as many simultaneous visitors as possible while maintaining suitable conditions for animals. The size of the structure depends on enabling an optimal direct view and experience of the life of human fish as well as on providing sensitive animals with maximum protection from external influences.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

The structure was designed in close cooperation with a biologist and aquarium expert, observing strict conditions set by the Institute for Nature Conservation and the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. The geometry of circulation paths, structure dimensions and its materiality explicitly separate the structure from its surroundings and make it a part of the path, a part of human intervention in the cave.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

The spatial design adapts to the current access axis of the path through the cave. The front of the aquarium functions as a screen that is perpendicular to the path, announcing the attraction from the distance. The facade lines reflect the path inclination and thus contribute to the dynamics of perceiving the size and dimensions of the structure.

The foundation and base are made of concrete. The framework structure is made of steel, structurally separated from the aquarium and laden with fibre cement panels and a sheet metal lattice roof that lets dripping water through. The aquarium part is made of stainless steel frames and glass, while the service part, which includes lighting generators, a microphone, filters and pumps, is laden with sanded stainless steel panels.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

The structure design meets the requirements for providing a favourable habitat for human fish (Proteus anguinus): using cave dripping water from the current collector, optical fibre illumination without harmful radiation turned on only when a group comes by, etc., and inorganic materials.

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Human Fish Pool in the Postojna Cave / Studio Stratum" 28 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/220544/human-fish-pool-in-the-postojna-cave-studio-stratum/>
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17 Comments

Graham Cowen · April 15, 2012

A cool home for some slimy characters - the "human fish" tank at Postojna caves. http://t.co/lzzP67bz @plethoraapp

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brandon · March 29, 2012

It is a bit inhumane. Not unlike the WOPR in the movie War Games. With a context such as it is, the materiality leaves a great deal to be desired. It is a form driven idea with zero relation to place nor consideration for material relationships. It is wholly alien. Stainless steel would have been an interesting play dissolving the edges of the housing; abstract reflections of its surroundings, incorporating desperate elements into a visual amalgamation with the refractig water.

Great opportunity but just shy of the bulls eye for my taste

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Karin · March 29, 2012

so its a fancy aquarium.

what else?

Andrew · May 03, 2014 09:37 PM

yep nothing more nothing less

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