THE stunning face of the $35 million Cairns Aquarium has been revealed.
Aquarium chief executive officer Daniel Leipnik said the building, planned for the corners of Abbott, Florence and Lake streets, was "a completely new look for Cairns and makes a bold and confident architectural statement"."We want visitors in Cairns to photograph this building and share it with their family and friends," he said."We hope that it becomes sought after as a building design marvel and attracts people from all over the world to want to come and see it."DESIGN: An artists impression of the proposed Cairns Aquarium. Picture: Supplied
Mr Leipnik said the exterior walls were made up of a series of giant "tectonic" plates to symbolise the movement of the earth's crust over time causing the development of giant land masses and ocean structures in the region that led to the creation of the Far North's tree covered mountains and the Great Barrier Reef.He said along the length of the building glass panels would allow light in and provide glimpses of the living ecosystem within."Visitors are also greeted by an 18m by11.5m blue glass titled atrium entrance angled onto the street symbolic of a Coral Sea ocean view," Mr Leipnik said.
He said the building would be more than 90m long and 40m wide.Yesterday, Mr Leipnik and fellow director Andrew Preston lodged their Development Approval application, prepared by town planners Brazier Motti, to the Cairns Regional Council."The whole team of architects, engineers and specialist consultants have undertaken a truly remarkable co-ordinated effort to translate our vision of a world-class aquarium for Cairns into all the necessary tangible documents required for the DA submission," he said.Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said it was a "brilliant" concept."This is something that our city has needed for a long time," he said."The team behind this have put a huge amount of thought and effort into the project to date."And I have no doubt at all that when it's completed it will be absolutely world-class, not only as a new tourism experience, but as a vital educational facility."