Acquario di Genova is located in the Old Port of the City. It is a tourist attraction for Genova and Italy, since it displays the greatest aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The building stretches like a ship into the Sea, but for its function and scope I think it resembles more to Noah’s Ark; in 27,000 square meter exhibition space, there are sheltered 15,000 animals, gathered from all around the planet; 400 species are animals and 200 are vegetables. The Design of the building, as well of the whole area, is of Genoese architect Renzo Piano, whose idea was to create a project that would integrate the Old Port with the rest of the City. It was first opened for International Expo 92, timed to celebrate the 500 years since the discovery of America. But it was finished and opened to the public in 1995, since then hosting around 1,200,000 visitors each year.
The Interior design has been of architect Peter Chermayeff, who changed the design concept of aquarium during the 1970’s, creating an exhibition tour where the visitors are in the same level as the underwater environments. The 70 exhibition tanks that are visible to public are only a part of the building. Two other floors, under the sea level, run the whole length of the aquarium, where are located the facilities and laboratories necessary to make the aquarium functioning. It is surprising to learn how an invisible staff of specialized people work day and night for the wellbeing of animals.
The photos on my blog are taken in the Aquarium of Genoa, during my visit with my kids. The series show how the aquatic world looks from the layer of the glass. (In the case of photos two other layers are added, since to the glass of the aquarium is added the lens of my camera and the glass of the monitor through which the observer is looking the photos!)