Aquariums are built to reshape expectation. Giving visitors a new vantage point to observe freshwater and marine life, these structures range in scale from simple exhibits to elaborate public aquaria. With a diversity of programming, they often include facilities for rehabilitation and conservation, as well as educational spaces to support learning and discovery. Today, modern aquariums offer glimpses into aquatic life both above water and below the surface. The idea of an aquarist dates back millennia, and was developed over time to incorporate a balance between animals, oxygen and plant life. Contemporary aquariums are built with intentional organizational strategies that control views and circulation through various exhibits. With careful attention to lighting and maintenance, they are made as both private and commercial developments that balance filtration and conditioning systems. Celebrating a blue world, the following aquariums use architecture to frame experience and foster new ways to learn.
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