Environs​ ​Development​ ​Freshwater​ ​Tank​ ​in​ ​Lincoln​ ​Park

Project Specs

Aquarium Size:

450​ ​Gallon​ ​Aquarium​ ​(96”L​ ​x​ ​30”W​ ​x​ ​36”H)

Aquarium Type:

​Freshwater

Animals to Be Housed:

Freshwater​ ​Fish

Design Specific Elements:

Picture​ ​frame​ ​style,​ ​where​ ​only​ ​the​ ​front​ ​panel​ ​is​ ​viewable and​ ​ends​ ​and​ ​back​ ​are​ ​black.

​A​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​Environs​ ​Development​ ​results​ ​in​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​picture​ ​frame​ ​aquarium embedded​ ​into​ ​stunning​ ​custom​ ​cabinetry.

The​ ​Client

Blue​ ​Planet​ ​was​ ​contacted​ ​by​ ​Environs​ ​Development,​ ​a​ ​company​ ​that​ ​specializes​ ​in​ ​high-end home​ ​construction​ ​in​ ​Near​ ​North​ ​Chicago​ ​areas​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Lincoln​ ​Park​ ​and​ ​Old​ ​Town.​ ​They​ ​had just​ ​sold​ ​a​ ​new​ ​construction​ ​home​ ​and​ ​were​ ​assisting​ ​the​ ​new​ ​home​ ​owners​ ​with​ ​some​ ​design elements,​ ​namely,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​procurement​ ​of​ ​a​ ​large​ ​custom​ ​aquarium.

Needs​ ​and​ ​Challenges

The​ ​staff​ ​at​ ​Environs​ ​Development​ ​left​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​be​ ​desired—communication​ ​was​ ​a​ ​breeze​ ​and that​ ​helped​ ​the​ ​project​ ​go​ ​smoothly.​ ​The​ ​needs​ ​were​ ​spelled​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​interior​ ​designer’s concept​ ​of​ ​where​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​would​ ​go​ ​and​ ​where​ ​it​ ​would​ ​fit.​ ​Blue​ ​Planet​ ​Aquarium​ ​provided some​ ​additional​ ​guidance​ ​on​ ​cabinetry​ ​options.

The​ ​homeowners​ ​weren’t​ ​sure​ ​what​ ​type​ ​of​ ​aquarium​ ​they​ ​wanted,​ ​so​ ​we​ ​included​ ​a​ ​proposal on​ ​each​ ​type​ ​of​ ​aquarium​ ​(freshwater,​ ​saltwater,​ ​reef)​ ​for​ ​their​ ​review.​ ​Ultimately,​ ​since​ ​the clients​ ​will​ ​only​ ​be​ ​at​ ​the​ ​home​ ​3​ ​days​ ​a​ ​week​ ​on​ ​average,​ ​they​ ​decided​ ​on​ ​a​ ​freshwater​ ​tank, which​ ​would​ ​be​ ​the​ ​easiest​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​looking​ ​great.

The​ ​design​ ​called​ ​for​ ​a​ ​picture​ ​frame​ ​style​ ​aquarium,​ ​in​ ​which​ ​only​ ​the​ ​front​ ​panel​ ​is​ ​viewable and​ ​the​ ​ends​ ​and​ ​back​ ​are​ ​black.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​design​ ​element​ ​to​ ​use,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​décor​ ​and fish​ ​will​ ​have​ ​such​ ​a​ ​stark​ ​contrast​ ​against​ ​the​ ​black​ ​background.​ ​Also,​ ​light​ ​is​ ​trapped​ ​inside and​ ​everything​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​will​ ​appear​ ​even​ ​more​ ​vibrant​ ​than​ ​in​ ​more​ ​“open”​ ​designs such​ ​as​ ​a​ ​room​ ​divider,​ ​where​ ​one​ ​will​ ​see​ ​directly​ ​through​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​into​ ​another​ ​room.

The​ ​Process

Environs​ ​Development​ ​had​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​drawn​ ​out​ ​and​ ​conceptualized​ ​exactly​ ​as​ ​it​ ​sits​ ​now.​ ​The most​ ​challenging​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​design​ ​was​ ​finding​ ​an​ ​inconspicuous​ ​area​ ​to​ ​place​ ​a​ ​Reverse Osmosis​ ​(tap​ ​water,​ ​water​ ​filtration​ ​and​ ​storage)​ ​system.​ ​The​ ​RO​ ​water​ ​filtration​ ​and​ ​storage ended​ ​up​ ​going​ ​beneath​ ​a​ ​stairwell​ ​immediately​ ​adjacent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​aquarium,​ ​which​ ​makes maintenance​ ​an​ ​absolute​ ​breeze.

Another​ ​challenge​ ​was​ ​the​ ​actual​ ​delivery​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​into​ ​the​ ​home​ ​by​ ​the​ ​moving​ ​team.​ ​We knew​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​would​ ​fit​ ​in​ ​place​ ​but​ ​by​ ​the​ ​narrowest​ ​of​ ​margins.​ ​Ultimately,​ ​after​ ​some​ ​careful planning,​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​fit​ ​in​ ​just​ ​fine​ ​and​ ​nobody​ ​lost​ ​any​ ​digits​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process!

The​ ​Results

Environs​ ​had​ ​great​ ​designers​ ​and​ ​architects,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​final​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​and​ ​custom cabinetry​ ​turned​ ​out​ ​absolutely​ ​beautiful.​ ​We​ ​hadn’t​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​Environs​ ​before​ ​but​ ​they​ ​were a​ ​great​ ​team​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​and​ ​the​ ​project​ ​culminated​ ​in​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​finished​ ​product.

The​ ​aquarium​ ​looks​ ​as​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​literally​ ​taken​ ​a​ ​large​ ​swatch​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rainforest​ ​and​ ​placed​ ​it​ ​in
the​ ​middle​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Lincoln​ ​Park​ ​home.​ ​The​ ​8​ ​foot​ ​length,​ ​3​ ​foot​ ​height​ ​and​ ​depth​ ​of​ ​2.5​ ​feet​ ​(very
noticeable​ ​with​ ​the​ ​depth​ ​of​ ​the​ ​decor​ ​in​ ​the​ ​aquarium)​ ​stands​ ​out​ ​like​ ​a​ ​public​ ​aquarium​ ​or
museum​ ​display.

Another​ ​reason​ ​this​ ​aquarium​ ​is​ ​so​ ​stunning​ ​is​ ​the​ ​custom​ ​cabinetry​ ​surrounding​ ​it.​ ​Environs
chose​ ​very​ ​high-end​ ​cabinet​ ​makers​ ​and​ ​millworkers​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​stunning​ ​surround.

This​ ​aquarium​ ​sits​ ​in​ ​the​ ​basement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​family​ ​home,​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​foosball​ ​tables,​ ​air
hockey,​ ​pop​ ​a​ ​shot​ ​basketball,​ ​a​ ​video​ ​arcade​ ​racing​ ​game​ ​and​ ​of​ ​course​ ​a​ ​full​ ​AV​ ​system.​ ​Our
guess​ ​is​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​will​ ​still​ ​be​ ​the​ ​favorite​ ​toy​ ​in​ ​that​ ​playroom!

Experience Highlights
  • We hadn’t worked with the design team, Enviorns Development, before but they were seriously on the ball and a great team to work with that culminated in an amazing finished product.
  • One of the most challenging jobs for our moving team. We knew the tank would fit in place but by the narrowest of margins. The tank fit, and nobody lost any digits in the process!

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​A​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​Environs​ ​Development​ ​results​ ​in​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​picture​ ​frame​ ​aquarium embedded​ ​into​ ​stunning​ ​custom​ ​cabinetry.

The​ ​Client

Blue​ ​Planet​ ​was​ ​contacted​ ​by​ ​Environs​ ​Development,​ ​a​ ​company​ ​that​ ​specializes​ ​in​ ​high-end home​ ​construction​ ​in​ ​Near​ ​North​ ​Chicago​ ​areas​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Lincoln​ ​Park​ ​and​ ​Old​ ​Town.​ ​They​ ​had just​ ​sold​ ​a​ ​new​ ​construction​ ​home​ ​and​ ​were​ ​assisting​ ​the​ ​new​ ​home​ ​owners​ ​with​ ​some​ ​design elements,​ ​namely,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​procurement​ ​of​ ​a​ ​large​ ​custom​ ​aquarium.

Needs​ ​and​ ​Challenges

The​ ​staff​ ​at​ ​Environs​ ​Development​ ​left​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​be​ ​desired—communication​ ​was​ ​a​ ​breeze​ ​and that​ ​helped​ ​the​ ​project​ ​go​ ​smoothly.​ ​The​ ​needs​ ​were​ ​spelled​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​interior​ ​designer’s concept​ ​of​ ​where​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​would​ ​go​ ​and​ ​where​ ​it​ ​would​ ​fit.​ ​Blue​ ​Planet​ ​Aquarium​ ​provided some​ ​additional​ ​guidance​ ​on​ ​cabinetry​ ​options.

The​ ​homeowners​ ​weren’t​ ​sure​ ​what​ ​type​ ​of​ ​aquarium​ ​they​ ​wanted,​ ​so​ ​we​ ​included​ ​a​ ​proposal on​ ​each​ ​type​ ​of​ ​aquarium​ ​(freshwater,​ ​saltwater,​ ​reef)​ ​for​ ​their​ ​review.​ ​Ultimately,​ ​since​ ​the clients​ ​will​ ​only​ ​be​ ​at​ ​the​ ​home​ ​3​ ​days​ ​a​ ​week​ ​on​ ​average,​ ​they​ ​decided​ ​on​ ​a​ ​freshwater​ ​tank, which​ ​would​ ​be​ ​the​ ​easiest​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​looking​ ​great.

The​ ​design​ ​called​ ​for​ ​a​ ​picture​ ​frame​ ​style​ ​aquarium,​ ​in​ ​which​ ​only​ ​the​ ​front​ ​panel​ ​is​ ​viewable and​ ​the​ ​ends​ ​and​ ​back​ ​are​ ​black.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​design​ ​element​ ​to​ ​use,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​décor​ ​and fish​ ​will​ ​have​ ​such​ ​a​ ​stark​ ​contrast​ ​against​ ​the​ ​black​ ​background.​ ​Also,​ ​light​ ​is​ ​trapped​ ​inside and​ ​everything​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​will​ ​appear​ ​even​ ​more​ ​vibrant​ ​than​ ​in​ ​more​ ​“open”​ ​designs such​ ​as​ ​a​ ​room​ ​divider,​ ​where​ ​one​ ​will​ ​see​ ​directly​ ​through​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​into​ ​another​ ​room.

The​ ​Process

Environs​ ​Development​ ​had​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​drawn​ ​out​ ​and​ ​conceptualized​ ​exactly​ ​as​ ​it​ ​sits​ ​now.​ ​The most​ ​challenging​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​design​ ​was​ ​finding​ ​an​ ​inconspicuous​ ​area​ ​to​ ​place​ ​a​ ​Reverse Osmosis​ ​(tap​ ​water,​ ​water​ ​filtration​ ​and​ ​storage)​ ​system.​ ​The​ ​RO​ ​water​ ​filtration​ ​and​ ​storage ended​ ​up​ ​going​ ​beneath​ ​a​ ​stairwell​ ​immediately​ ​adjacent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​aquarium,​ ​which​ ​makes maintenance​ ​an​ ​absolute​ ​breeze.

Another​ ​challenge​ ​was​ ​the​ ​actual​ ​delivery​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​into​ ​the​ ​home​ ​by​ ​the​ ​moving​ ​team.​ ​We knew​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​would​ ​fit​ ​in​ ​place​ ​but​ ​by​ ​the​ ​narrowest​ ​of​ ​margins.​ ​Ultimately,​ ​after​ ​some​ ​careful planning,​ ​the​ ​tank​ ​fit​ ​in​ ​just​ ​fine​ ​and​ ​nobody​ ​lost​ ​any​ ​digits​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process!

The​ ​Results

Environs​ ​had​ ​great​ ​designers​ ​and​ ​architects,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​final​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​and​ ​custom cabinetry​ ​turned​ ​out​ ​absolutely​ ​beautiful.​ ​We​ ​hadn’t​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​Environs​ ​before​ ​but​ ​they​ ​were a​ ​great​ ​team​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​and​ ​the​ ​project​ ​culminated​ ​in​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​finished​ ​product.

The​ ​aquarium​ ​looks​ ​as​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​literally​ ​taken​ ​a​ ​large​ ​swatch​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rainforest​ ​and​ ​placed​ ​it​ ​in
the​ ​middle​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Lincoln​ ​Park​ ​home.​ ​The​ ​8​ ​foot​ ​length,​ ​3​ ​foot​ ​height​ ​and​ ​depth​ ​of​ ​2.5​ ​feet​ ​(very
noticeable​ ​with​ ​the​ ​depth​ ​of​ ​the​ ​decor​ ​in​ ​the​ ​aquarium)​ ​stands​ ​out​ ​like​ ​a​ ​public​ ​aquarium​ ​or
museum​ ​display.

Another​ ​reason​ ​this​ ​aquarium​ ​is​ ​so​ ​stunning​ ​is​ ​the​ ​custom​ ​cabinetry​ ​surrounding​ ​it.​ ​Environs
chose​ ​very​ ​high-end​ ​cabinet​ ​makers​ ​and​ ​millworkers​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​stunning​ ​surround.

This​ ​aquarium​ ​sits​ ​in​ ​the​ ​basement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​family​ ​home,​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​foosball​ ​tables,​ ​air
hockey,​ ​pop​ ​a​ ​shot​ ​basketball,​ ​a​ ​video​ ​arcade​ ​racing​ ​game​ ​and​ ​of​ ​course​ ​a​ ​full​ ​AV​ ​system.​ ​Our
guess​ ​is​ ​the​ ​aquarium​ ​will​ ​still​ ​be​ ​the​ ​favorite​ ​toy​ ​in​ ​that​ ​playroom!

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