AquaDream: the world's largest conical aquarium now open in the Morocco Mall
Shoppers get up close with nearly 3,000 saltwater fish as they ride a glass elevator through the center of the world's largest conical aquarium.
While not as large as it's predecessor, it still measures in at an impressive 9.3 meters tall by 13.4 meters across at its widest point (30.5 feet tall by 44 feet across) and contains 1 million liters (264,000 gallons) of water. The aquarium is shaped like an inverted cone and takes guests on a five minute elevator ride to the top floor of the mall while educating them about reef life. As it stands, the aquarium houses over 3,000 animals comprised of over 40 species.One interesting fact about the aquarium was that it needed to be designed and installed to resist earthquakes. To overcome this hurdle, the aquarium was designed to be completely free-standing and its base is actually completely isolated from the foundation of the mall in which it resides. As evidence to its robust design, two tremors shook the area during installation - neither of which damaged the structure in any way.
Because of the size, the actual aquarium exterior had to be manufactured in seven pieces and assembled on site. The interior elevator shaft was manufactured in one piece and lowered into place once the exterior pieces were assembled and bonded together.
The life support system of the installation turns over 100% of the water per hour and includes fail-safes in case of power outages:
To give you an idea of the sheer size of this aquarium, here are two videos. The first one was shot from the outside of the aquarium and the second one was shot from inside the elevator:
If you are ever in the Morocco Mall in Casablanca, you will definitely need to check this one out!