AquaDom: A breathtaking ride


What does a sustainable city of the future look like? How are our current cities developing and how do we give an identity to new habitats? An answer to this could be that a city should have plenty to offer.

More often cool initiatives are showing up in cities, which might achieve this. This to make a city livable and/or escape crowded places.

People are looking for new spaces for their activities. Although flights are becoming cheaper, we do not have to travel far for more rest and/or see imposing things. We can find things closer to home. A good example is the ‘AquaDom’.

What is it?

The AquaDom is a giant cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium of 25 meters high (82-foot) with a diameter of over 12 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation. It’s filled with nearly 1 million liters of seawater and contains about 1500 fish of 97 different species. The aquarium weighs over 2,000 tons. The AquaDom is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world with these impressive measurements.

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The enormous and beautiful aquarium has a built-in transparent elevator that takes you on a spectacular underwater experience. Here you’ll learn about the tropical fish inhabitants and the architecture of the AquaDom.

radisson-blu-hotel-aquarium-scuba-diving-berlin-1Besides, guests have the opportunity to watch the AquaDom being cleaned and the fish feed by a pair of full-time scuba divers. 8 kilogram of food is being served each day.

The AquaDom can be found at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Furthermore, the hotel contains offices, a restaurant and the aquarium Sea Life Center.

If you’re interested, you can sleep with the fish for 180 Euro per night. The hotel has 427 suites with fantastic sights of the tropical underwater world. Of course, if you feel a little sea sick, there are also rooms looking out to the city of Berlin.

Why is it cool?

At first sight, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin may look like just another luxury hotel, but appearances are deceptive. Once you enter the heart of the hotel, you will be blown away by the gigantic AquaDom. People will not expect an enormous aquarium like this when entering a hotel. I think this this is what makes this signal so extraordinary and attractive. Myself, I have never heard of the Aquadom before and it seems already impressive to me.

Besides, I think it is attractive for guests to experience the tropical underwater world by taking the transparent elevator. It makes a city more livable, because you can escape the crowd and will enjoy the feeling like you are just somewhere else.

But why is this a good signal? Individualization and digitalization have had a tremendous impact on our society. With the rush of today and the ever-competitive world, where we are constantly connected to the internet and getting a lot of information to us per day, signals like the Aquadom may fill up the emptiness and give us a little peace.

Also globalization has had an impact on the signals that can be found today that will determine our future. As said in the beginning, we do not have to travel far to experience something spectacular or something we can find in another country. The society is trying to make it possible for us to bring things closer to home.

Unfortunately, the guests can’t go for a dive in the Aquadom. Wouldn’t it be great if you can dive in an enormous aquarium like the AquaDom in the future?

With signals like this, a city surely offers enough to citizens and gets more identity. People don’t have to look far for their activities in the future. New places will emerge where you can find unique things.

Companies and organizations will do everything to offer citizens enough and make a city more livable, sustainable and peaceful.



StoryDress – A dress that takes you anywhere


Wearable memories are often around us and are getting more important to us. We want to save our special memories and create something tangible around it. At ‘StoryDress’ you can create your own custom made silk dress from a picture of your choice and make your story come to life.

What is it?

Every dress tells a story. What’s yours? The collection of StoryDress takes you on a journey through the rich history of Italian sericulture. At StoryDress, digital printing methods and the finest silks are merged in handmade dresses. Each design tells its own story and makes you dream of ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Every season StoryDress designer Suzanne Meijer travels to capture its story, its charming authenticity and its forgotten craftsmanship. She takes photographs of iconic places, but she also finds herself in the hidden and forgotten treasures.

250336_ae0e95322066425f8c2d7b63f15c969b.jpg_srz_323_894_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzPrefer to experience your own story? That’s possible. Suzanne Meijer designs a custom-made dress as required, to create your own personal dress. This way you can make your story come to life into a tailor made silk dress: a wearable memory.

Why is it cool?

It’s cool, because Suzan Meijer has interwoven authenticity and new technologies into cloths. As a result, a new world of possibilities will be created. You can give it your own dimension, its own identity.

We can all see that virtualization is becoming more essential in our society. People bring more things into the picture. In the future this will increase.

Besides, cultural diversity where looking for your roots and wings, is a trend that makes this signal attractive and inspiring. You can bring certain elements of a culture into cloths. Who knows where this could be more integrated in the future…

In short, things are more possible in our society and the urge to create something will rise. Like StoryDress would say: “…don’t just follow the Stories, Create your own.’’


I went to the Masters of LXRY fair, where I received information about this dress. Besides I found an article in the ‘Beurscatalogus Masters of LXRY 2014’. 

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