Aquarium of Rhodes - Greekislands
This Art Déco building is a distinguised, preserved examble of architecture.
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The Royal Biological Research Institute of Rhodes was founded in the years 1934-1935, during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese Islands (1912-1943).
Designed by Armando Bernabiti, the building combines local architectural elements with Art Déco elements of curved lines and circular windows, along with a dominant cylindrical tower. The decoration of the main entrance draws inspiration from the marine environment.
The original interior of the Aquarium, which has been preserved, is embellished with porous rocks and natural seashells, in order to create the ambience of an underwater cave. The entrance floor, of black and white pebble mosaic, with representations of marine creatures, has also been preserved in its original form.
The Aquarium consists of a corridor, with small tanks, that host marine species on both sides, made of stone and decorated by natural shells, featuring an underwater cave.
The Hydrobiological Station also operates as a research museum, hosting the aquarium and an exhibition area added in 1971-1972, on the north side of the building. The building of the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes is declared by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture a historical preserved building, distinguised examble of the 'International Style'architecture.