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Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium

Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium
Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium, Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner

The Brazilian coastal city of Fortaleza, one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type and is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving "legs" which support the structure of "the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface". Zahner's President, William Zahner, believes that "this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas."

See Zahner's prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

Courtesy of Government of the State of Ceará
Courtesy of Government of the State of Ceará
Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner

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References: CityLab / The Atlantic

Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium" 31 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/533122/zahner-produce-facade-for-brazil-s-acquario-ceara-aquarium/> ISSN 0719-8884