1. It's 82 feet high and holds more than 1,500 fish. It has a glass elevator that runs up and down the center of the tank. It is so big that it has to be cleaned by divers, three or four times each day. The AquaDom is inarguably the most badass aquarium in the world.
The AquaDom is located inside the Sea Life Center inside of a Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin, Germany. The massive tank cost an impressive 12.8 million Euros to build and was completed in 2004.
Below is the impressive AquaDom are other tanks that make up the Sea Life Center, including a walk-through underwater tunnel, interactive rockpools, and other magical ways to interact with your favorite sea life.
2. The Falkirk Wheel was opened by the Queen in May 2002. Nothing like it has ever been built before anywhere in the world. Boat lifts are nothing new, though the last built in the UK was in 1875. But a rotating boat lift? The result is awe-inspiring and beautiful: the largest piece of functional sculpture you will ever see. The Falkirk Wheel is 35m or 115ft high, the height of eight double-decker buses. Each gondola contains 300 tonnes of water, meaning that the wheel moves 600 tonnes on each lift. But because the gondolas are always in balance (because boats displace their own weight of water) moving them takes surprisingly little power. Up to eight boats can be carried at any one time.
3. The key to this bastion of high-tech architecture was its inside-out design: all the services were strung around the outside of the building, leaving the cavernous insides relatively uncluttered. The most conspicuous aspect of this are the lifts, glass boxes that crawl up and down the walls like rectilinear albino beetles. Aside from the vertigo, the elevators also offer great views of the City. The new Heron tower on Bishopsgate has lifts on its south façade through which you can see out of the building, but Lloyds was there first and did it better.
4. When you enter the space, you can see straight up to the roof (and a peek at the sunlight coming in) as floors spiral all the way… you could even say the ceiling has a Mercedes-Benz star inspired shape… and then you notice what look three like vertical tracks going up… and these awesome metal pod (with abstract ghost like eyes/shape) moving up and down… it’s surreal. A bit overly concrete feeling (gave me a similar vibe to Oakley HQ’s entrance)… there was something very sterile/scifi feeling about the entrance space. I could have stood there and stared up at the mesmerizing symmetry of it all for ages. So see more close ups of it in action on the next page. Of course the interior of the elevator pods have dramatic lighting as well… but as they mentioned… it DOES basically take you from present, well in to the past ~ so the capsule-esque time machine vibe works pretty well!
5. SkyView Stockholm is an attraction connected to, but separate from the Globe. It is aimed at tourists visiting the City of Stockholm. SkyView consists of two spherical inclined elevators that run on tracks attached to the exterior of the Ericsson Globe. Each "carriage" holds up to 20 people and provides an elevated view of the city's skyline. I like to think of it as a sightseeing funicular that climbs a building, rather than a hill. It reaches the apex of the building at a height of 425 feet.
The entire experience lasts between 25 and 30 minutes, so it doesn't require much of a time commitment. You'll start with a brief, 5-minute video presentation. Through this video, you'll learn about the history of the Ericsson Globe and the construction of SkyView. The film is narrated in English, with Swedish subtitles.