6 - 14 july 2019

Architecture of ecosystems


12th July, 19:00 - 19:45


PSTP Gdynia, builiding III
spot on the map no. 8

During the lecture, the speaker will talk about how to design buildings for a special purpose, developing the smallest detail on a huge scale of projects - on the example of the implementation of Africarium in Wroclaw.

Afrykarium is the first oceanarium in Poland, at the same time the largest in Europe and the only one dedicated to Africa in the world - it has just been opened in Wroclaw. The annual number of visitors is estimated at 3 million. The principle of immersing the visitors in the natural environments of the Nile, the Red Sea, the Mozambique Channel, the coast of Namibia and the jungles of Congo is implemented inside the object, whose total capacity is 184,000m3 , housing the animals of the savannah, rainforest, lakes, rivers and oceans. Each biotope is recreated with its unique temperature and humidity reaching 90%. The entailed enormous problems in terms of the physics of building constructions, which the designers and contractors representing all branches had to solve. Every reservoir with animals requires water of unique composition; the whole object contains ca. 16 million litres of water.

Dorota Szlachcic, working in the ArC2 Fabryka Projektowa team on the architecture of Afrykarium, as well as the Oceanario de Namibe in Angola and the aquarium dedicated to Asia (under construction), will present the problems faced by designers working on such colossal undertakings and their solutions.

The lecture is part of CITY + ARCHITECTURE BLOCK. Free admission.

*Lecture in Polish


  • Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology. Together with Mariusz Szlachcic, they are the authors of over 30 realizations of residential complexes, public buildings, and have over 100 publications in magazines and architectural portals around the world. The ArC2 Design Factory run by them is an architectural office, operating since 1991. The company has won numerous international architectural competitions, including the Africarium-Oceanarium, Congress Centre and Hotel in Wroclaw, Himalayan Mountain Hut in Nepal. Her biggest accomplishment is the realization of the Africarium-Oceanarium complex in the Wroclaw zoo in 2014.

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