Underwater Experience at the Georgia Aquarium

                    The Georgia Aquarium is all about experience. The space heavily relies on visual to capture its audience, but also integrates other forms of interaction. In order to invite visitors, the space is made to be comfortable for those occupy it. Before an environment can truly be comfortable, it must provide accommodation. Therefore, through the way the aquarium accommodates its guests imply the types of people it was established for. A space built for experience, however, cannot succeed simply through accommodation, but also through capturing and engaging its visitors. The interior of the Georgia Aquarium convincingly demonstrates this phenomenon. The photo on the far left displays a tank that greatly exceeds the limits of the picture frame. The picture is filled with the color blue which imitates an ocean. The space allows the guests to be surrounded by a deep hue of blue which should make them feel as though they are intertwined with the underwater life. This visual effect not only gives an impression of how vast the ocean is, but also involves the visitors as they comfortably sit on the carpeted floors and gaze into everything the tank–the living movie screen–has to offer. The visual experience that this room provides is highly effective. The adjacent image shown in the middle demonstrates a tangible experience the aquarium offers. The tank is uncovered, leveled at a personal height, and has a sign above it that invites guests to feel the starfish inside the tank using two fingers. Within the frame of the picture, there are two youthful-looking hands on the stone surrounding...

Interior Built Environment Description: Georgia Aquarium

At the Georgia Aquarium, located in Downtown Atlanta, there are many sights to see. It has been the largest aquarium in the world since it was built in 2005. When you first walk in, you enter into a sort of lobby type area where you can see all of the different galleries the aquarium has to offer.The lobby area is in the center of the aquarium with the galleries and the food court extending off of it which have big signs over them that can not be missed. There are six different galleries at the aquarium right now, and those are: Cold Water Quest, Ocean Voyager, Tropical Diver, Dolphin Tales, River Scout, and Aquanaut Adventure. All of the galleries are wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp for one which makes it possible for people in wheelchairs to get to it. Overall, the openness of the aquarium makes it easily accessible to all of its patrons. Adults, children, people with disabilities, and elderly people all come enjoy the Georgia Aquarium. Throughout the aquarium there are many things to look at it. Not only do they have fish and other animals that live in water, they also have a penguin exhibit and otters. When walking through the galleries, there is continuously something to look at. There are tanks every five or so feet. Next to every tank and exhibit, there are plaques stating what fish or animal are in the tank or exhibit and some information about the fish or animal, like where they come from. There are also several tunnels and looking holes made specifically for children. Everything in the aquarium...

Interior Built Environment – Digital Record #6

Video Clip This clip is of another main attraction at the Georgia Aquarium. I took this while going through a tunnel that is underneath the largest tank at the aquarium. This tunnel allows fish, sharks, and other animals to swim above and on the sides of people visiting the aquarium. It also has a moving walkway that goes through the tunnel which enables people to enjoy the views without worrying about possibly walking into...

Interior Built Environment – Digital Record #5

Video Clip This video is of one of the bigger areas that you can watch the fish swim by. The main aspect of this video I would like to point out is the handicap mat on the floor that reserves that spot for people in wheelchairs to sit and be able to watch. These mats are placed in front of all of the big viewing areas making it possible for people in wheelchairs to easily view the...
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