The first Oceanarium in Lviv, оn 8 Shevchenko Av., has recently opened in a building that once served as a cinema and has been closed in recent years and need of major repairs and reconstruction.
VR-Group has successfully undertaken this.

The oceanarium is in fact a part of the world’s oceans moved closer to people, so that every inhabitant of a big city could see and appreciate all the beauty and grandeur of the marine world and its inhabitants.
In fact, for each fish it is necessary to create her natural conditions with temperature and relief features of habitat. Plus, put it all in a relatively small building in area and provide the effect of the presence of a visitor at the bottom of the ocean.

Wow really impressive !!!

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Lviv “Oceanarium” is definitely not easy project, we can say even one of the most complicate objects we have implemented. Working on this project presented us with many challenges, it was painstaking, but very interesting.
The Oceanarium in Lviv has an area of ​​1,200 m², three floors of maze with aquariums of different sizes, an underwater tunnel 18 m long, souvenir, recreation and areas for 3D shows.

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Today we will tell you how everything happened in the process.
The architectural reconstruction of the non-residential building was implemented by VR-Group at all stages from the preliminary design to the working design. Render Sense was responsible for the design work.
– So, after the inspection and in-depth analysis of the building, the designers made a number of decisions to strengthen the current structures of the facility.

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– An extremely important decision for the implementation of this project was to make all the bowls of aquariums independent of the structural scheme of the current building with the existing motel on top. After that, a static test of the foundation piles was carried out, and as a result we obtained a frame of the structure that stood on separate pile foundations.
As it was not possible to place the bathrooms and technical rooms in the main volume of the building, it was decided to place them in the part of the courtyard underground, after which the improvement of the courtyard was developed. Also, all engineering networks were replaced, foundations were strengthened and a comprehensive reconstruction was made.

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It is important to note that designing with the innovative technology “BIM” (which is to build a three-dimensional virtual model of the building in digital form), in practice, eliminated many errors and allowed to quickly make changes and control the construction process.

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The next stage of the design was to ensure the correct microclimate in rooms where will be many people, for this purpose, the cross-section of the ventilation ducts was clearly calculated and modeled in 3D to understand the collisions with structural elements.

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And of course, the construction company worked on concrete structures to the nearest centimeter, which in case of error would make it impossible to install glass structures of aquariums. To do this, we modeled each bowl of the aquarium and all the junctions of complex elements, which further facilitated the work of the construction organization, and provided a perfect fit of the glass.
Well, today we state the successful result of more than a year of work of the design team, which will usually leave its place in the history of the city of Lviv. The Lviv Oceanarium project taught us not to be afraid of difficult challenges and proved once again that the architectural and construction company VR-Group embodies the boldest architectural ideas in reality.