Project: Aquarium Inbursa
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Application: Acrylic Window
Year Opened: 2014
In the very lowest level of Aquarium Inbursa, otherwise known as the “underground aquarium,” the elevators open up to one of the main viewing panels supplied by Reynolds Polymer. This 8-foot tall by 33-foot wide underwater aquarium window was engineered with a gentle 35° arc. Weighing in at over 12,000 pounds, this was the heaviest acrylic panel delivered to the underground aquarium and is responsible for retaining 400,000 gallons of water. The crystal clear Highly Engineered Acrylic offers guests a subterranean view into a habitat comprised of a native coral and colorful fish.
Another attraction that is located at the base of the aquarium is a 21-foot long underwater aquarium tunnel. This custom-cast acrylic tunnel gives guests 180° views of exotic fish and sandbar sharks. Impressively, the strength of the three inch thick acrylic is enough to keep thousands of gallons of water at bay, allowing for visitors to observe the wonders of the carefully designed habitat as though they were a part of it themselves.
In total, those exploring the different layers of the aquarium will travel through 48 exhibits, one of these being the jellyfish encounter. Due to the unique needs of the jellyfish, Reynolds Polymer was challenged with creating a habitat that was both safe for the marine invertebrates and enjoyable for guests. RPT manufactured a seven-and-a-half-foot tall acrylic cylinder display – allowing the jellyfish plenty of room to circulate - and incorporated a dynamic lighting system to offer guests enhanced viewing.