The architect, Atlanta’s own TVS, called it “An Ark of Bio Diversity”.
The design of the Georgia Aquarium’s blue metal-and-glass exterior is meant to evoke a giant ark breaking through a wave. It is a vessel of conservation, preservation and education, represented by the large blue metal body, which slices into the wave to shed light into the deepest seas. Conceived as an urban composition of expressive architectonic forms, the aquarium represents a large body of water, undulating against the street/ “shoreline” opposite Centennial Park.
Since Atlanta is far from any ocean, the design team focused on “immersion”, wrapping the guest into the underwater world from start to finish, while coming face to face with some of the most incredible ocean creatures. The 634,000 sf building houses 120,000 animals, representing 500 species, in 9.3 million US gallons of marine and fresh water.
The cost, with later additions, was $207 million. Architect: Thompson, Ventulett & Stainback Project Manager: Heery International Exhibit Design: Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets
It has been said that “their goal is to save the planet”.
The Word of Coca-Cola is a museum and tourist attraction which opened in 2005, to replace the original which opened in 1991.
It is a 92,000-sq-ft, two-story, steel-framed structure, which shares a site with the Georgia Aquarium. The area is called Pemberton Place after the man who invented Coke.
The $97 million project’s exterior includes red brick, glass curtain wall, stucco, steel frame wall with stone-like panels. A 120-ft-long, 40-ft-high canopy cantilevers over the entrance. A 30-ft iconic Coke bottle hangs suspended in a 90-ft-tall block of simulated ice through which guests enter the attraction.
Architect: Rosser International, Atlanta Exhibit Designer: Jack Rouse Associates, Cincinnati Green Building Consultant: Smith Dalia Architects, Atlanta
- Drink Up! (esmith8site.wordpress.com)
- Happy Music (us.coca-cola.com)
- Let the Adventure Begin! (waddws.wordpress.com)
- The Original Recipe of Coca Cola (sarahchenghk.wordpress.com)