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National Aquarium of Saudi Arabia

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The National Aquarium of Saudi Arabia will be located prominently in the King Abdullah Financial District. C7A’s concept reflects the dynamic nature of ocean currents, extending this metaphor to create an architectural expression of sweeping, faceted building forms. The plan captures the energy and dynamics of ocean currents as the geometry of the floor plates sweeps on both sides of the building, containing a central Grand Hall for vertical circulation and creating a fluid sense of place for the exhibit experience. Visitors come to a central ticketing lobby and move upwards in dramatic fashion on glass elevators, bringing them to the top of the building and the terrestrial habitat. They then travel downward into the various living exhibits, crossing from one exhibit to another through the central space.

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