Project: Resorts World Sentosa
Location: Sentosa, Singapore
Application: Acrylic Window
Year Opened: 2013
Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. (RPT) manufactured and installed out Highly Engineered Acrylic aquarium window that earned Resorts World Sentosa the distinction of having the world’s largest window. The panel provides immense views into the Open Ocean exhibit allowing visitors to observe sharks, manta rays, and hundreds of other aquatic animals.
The largest acrylic panel measures 118 feet wide, 27 feet tall, and nearly 28 inches thick. That’s 8.5 feet longer than a Boeing 737-300 jet and 24 times heavier; it’s also nearly 20 feet longer than a blue whale, the largest known animal to have ever existed. The giant acrylic window in the exhibit is comprised of thirteen narrower acrylic panels that were chemically bonded together in stages.
All told, it took more than a year to engineer and manufacture the panels in the factory and another several months on-site to assemble, bond, and install the panel into place. In addition to the giant panel, RPT manufactured and installed nearly 80 other panels present in all 49 exhibits throughout the aquarium. This includes a 78 foot long underwater tunnel that’s five inches thick and set at an angle through an exhibit, a 19 foot diameter domed roof that sits 13.5 feet beneath the water’s surface, and a 14 foot long U-shaped trough that allows visitors to view the exhibit from the sides and underneath.