The 2,000 sq m aquarium will replace the previous aquarium of the port and will be situated on the beach side of Rustaveli Str. adjacent to Batumi 6 May Park featuring a Dolphinarium and Zoo. Inspired by the characteristic pebbles of the Batumi beach, continually shaped by the wash of the waves through millennia, the building stands out as a theatrical rock formation visible from both land and sea. The structure constitutes four self-supporting exhibition areas where each of the four stones represents a unique marine biotype – the Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea & the Red Sea and finally the more interactive exhibition.
Design Director and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects, Louis Becker, said: “The building will become a landmark and an organic reference to all elements of the sea. It captures the special atmosphere by the sea and thus becomes a tribute to the power of the sea!”
Batumi Aquarium has been designed as a modern, cultural aquarium offering visitors an educational, entertaining and visually stimulating journey through the different seas. The central, multipurpose space in connection with the aquarium features a café and retail functions, and its flexible layout makes it well-suited for presentations and workshops. Unfolding around the aquarium, a landscape of different sea archipelagos will provide multiple opportunities for innovative outdoor research and learning as well as informal meetings along the beachfront.