Environs Development Freshwater Tank in Lincoln Park
450 Gallon Aquarium (96”L x 30”W x 36”H)
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
- 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!