World's Biggest Indoor Waterpark Under Construction
The world’s largest aluminum-domed indoor waterpark is being built in Donetsk, Ukraine. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, the Royal Marine Aquapark dome is the creation of Oakville-based OpenAire. The project was recently featured in our third annual Canadians at Work supplement (released with our November/December issue).
“At 26 metres by 86 feet high and 85 metres by 278 feet in diameter, it’s the largest free-standing aluminum dome structure in the world,” says OpenAire president Mark Albertine. “The retractable design makes it the first park of its kind. There is simply nothing else like it.”
The waterpark had initially been planned as a steel/polycarbonate structure with a fixed dome. “Things were already in the planning stages when we were brought on board,” says Albertine. “When the developers heard about OpenAire, they loved the idea of a retractable roof. To them, it opened the park up to a whole new world of possibility.”
The Royal Marine is a joint venture between the City of Donetsk and private sector investors.
View the computer animation of the Royal Marine Aquapark here.