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CEMEX participates in the construction of the largest aquarium in Latin America

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CEMEX has announced that it has supplied specialised concretes to build the Mazatlan Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Latin America. The world-renowned architectural firm Tatiana Bilbao Estudio designed the project to integrate marine and terrestrial nature with architecture and the human world. The aquarium is expected to contain 3.5 million litres of saltwater and more than 20 showrooms for at least 2500 different marine species. The facility will feature 21 water tanks with eight specifically designed to house large fish. During the design and construction, the architectural firm consulted with global experts in the development and management of aquariums to ensure the proper sealing of tanks and that the structure is suitable for the marine life housed in the facility.

CEMEX supplied more than 20 000 m3 of concrete, including integral coloured concrete and temperature-controlled Duramax® Self-Sealing concrete, which guarantee the useful life of the aquarium tanks for 20 years under salinity conditions. Both types of concrete prevent sulfates and chlorides from damaging the enclosure structures.

“CEMEX works to deliver building solutions for some of the most challenging construction projects in the world. We are proud to provide these specialised materials to make this vision become a reality. Additionally, this new aquarium will increase ecological awareness, encouraging all of us to protect precious marine species,” said Ricardo Naya, President of CEMEX Mexico.

“The project was conceived like a ruin that was taken by nature for decades and then was rediscovered. It is a prime example of brutalist architecture, and the use of concrete underscores the message of coexistence and transformation of buildings and ecosystem over time,” said Tatiana Bilbao.

To keep the aquarium in good condition, CEMEX also supplied Promptis®, Aparentia Arquitectónico®, Mortero Estabilizado®, and Ingenia Revenimiento Total® concretes. These ready-mix concretes optimise construction procedures in a better way than conventional materials. Aparentia Arquitectónico® concrete allowed the project designer to select the desired colour and shades, comply with the needs and technical requirements of the project, and be friendly with the fauna and flora that will inhabit the site.

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