Karlovac freshwater aquarium and museum of rivers

Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.

Located on a site of an abandoned and unfinished campsite by the river Korana, the aquarium is inspired by the city’s historic center “Karlovac star” surrounded by defensive earthen walls and mounds. The aquarium building is embedded in the natural environment, and covered with greenery. A square with the entrance spaces, souvenir shop, cafe bar, library and offices is located at the center. The exhibition displays flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and their ecosystems in a linear layout that shows the river habitats from its source to mouth, tracing its entire flow.