3LHD's project for the freshwater aquarium in Karlovac has won two A+Awards prizes rewarded by one of the most popular world portals dedicated to architecture - Architizer.
The freshwater aquarium in Karlovac won in the category of Architecture + Landscape dedicated to innovative projects that create natural environment. It was rewarded with the Jury Prize A+Award and the readers of the portal A+Popular Choice Award.
For the fifth year in a row the A+Awards program promotes the best projects and products in the field of architecture and product design as well as their potential to have a positive impact on a daily life.
Thanks to the popularity of the Architizer portal and A+Awards program, rewarded projects have been presented to the audience of more than 400 million users and readers of Architizer.
The world recognition for 3LHD came for their innovative solution for ‘’Aquatika’’. The building of the freshwater aquarium in Karlovac is nicely fitted into the natural environment along the river Korana and is completely covered with soil. The design concept was inspired by levees and trenches of the city's historic centre.
At the centre of the building, there is a square with an entrance space, a souvenir shop, a cafe bar, a reading room and offices. The exhibition area of the aquarium represents flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and their ecosystems, as well as their geological history and traditional culture. The scenario of the exhibition is linear and follows the entire flow of the karst river, from its ''source'' in the square, across a ramp with aquariums, a cave and a tunnel to the aquariums that represent swamplands and travertine barrier.
The freshwater aquarium ‘’Aquatika’’ was created within the program entitled ‘’Freshwater Aquarium and Museum of Rivers – KAquarium’’. The project was co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the "Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013’’ Operational program. The total value of the project is 36.691.939, 28 Kunas, whilst the grant from the European Regional Development Fund was 36,222,282.45 Kunas.