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Attractions jobs & news Seattle Aquarium reveals US$200m masterplan

Officials at Seattle Aquarium are looking into the possibility of a grand expansion, adding at least 40 per cent more exhibit space to the visitor attraction at a cost of up to US$200m (€178.5m, £127.1m) The expanded aquarium would be able

to handle double the number of visitors, increasing annual capacity to around 1.6 million people, with the proposed expansion stretching out across the Seattle waterfront. The highlight of the plans is the Tropical

Pacific pavilion building, which will connect the waterfront with the nearby Pike Place Market, as well as facilitate the addition of a large shark tank. Other features include two new exhibits both based on the waters surrounding Washington. The city has committed US$45m (€40.1m,

£28.6m) towards the development as part of its Central Waterfront Project. Officials at the aquarium are looking to raise at least the equivalent amount, if not more, and have brought in Chicago-based Campbell & Co to help devise a fundraising campaign.

The expanded aquarium would increase annual capacity to around 1.6 million people City Council members have already been

briefed on the aquarium’s expansion plans, with a final plan to be presented at a public meeting in July before being submitted

to the City Council for final approval. If plans go ahead, construction will begin in 2019 and be completed in 2021. More:

Museum opens in one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites

The park is being developed in phases

UK theme park reopens 11 years after closure

Following an 11-year campaign to save a heritage theme park in Margate, UK, Dreamland has finally reopened its doors to the public, reimagined and ready to welcome a new generation of visitors to the vintage attraction. “Dreamland was built all those years

ago on memories of Coney Island,” said CEO Eddie Kemsley speaking to AM2. “There’s so much nostalgia, history and fondness for Dreamland. Everybody I meet has their memories and we need to capture that.” More:

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After more than a decade of development, the Vucedol Culture Museum by Radionica Arhitekture has opened its doors to the public, setting up shop at one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites. Sitting next to the Vucedol on the bank of the river Danube in eastern Croatia, the HRK179m (US$26.2m, €23.6m, £16.7m) museum is made up of a series of terraces that climb slowly to adapt to the topography. The idea behind the

1,200sq m (13,000sq ft) museum’s design was inte- gration into the terrain, which Radionica has achieved by having the facility mostly

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The museum is designed to blend in with its surroundings

buried in the ground with only the façade open to the landscape. The museum blends in to its surroundings, using brick for the outer coating as it most resembles the ground at the site. Passing

through the museum, visitors are educated about Vucedol culture, before using the serpentine green roof to access the archaeological plateau at the top of the site. More:

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