ARCHITECT: B+H Architects
CLIENT: Ripley’s Aquarium Canada
LOCATION: Toronto, ON
Resting on top of Canada’s largest indoor aquarium (Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada), which boasts some 16,000 marine animals and 5.7 million litres of water, sits an intricate and visually striking roof system installed by Flynn Group of Companies.
Installed above an inverted 2-ply modified bituminous roof system are roughly 17,000 four foot square custom concrete patio slabs, each stone having a weight of approximately 110 pounds. Amongst the 17,000 slabs (the majority being LEED approved solar white slab,) are the two iconic 190 foot long sharks made from using low contrast charcoal coloured slabs.
Pairing Flynn’s installation expertise with B+H’s design, we were able to provide a superior and unique roofing system that achieved multiple performance and aesthetic goals on this project. Using custom 2-1/2” thick patio slabs provide excellent protection for the roof’s membrane from ice falling from the adjacent CN Tower in the winter. The roof system also achieved a LEED credit for exceeding the necessary solar reflective index (SRI) value, and obtained a platinum roof warranty for a period of 20 years. The patio slab shark-design provides large and distinct signage visible to guests of the CN Tower, businesses in adjacent high-rise buildings, and passengers landing at the Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto. This project has been deemed a great success for Flynn as it has provided the aquarium with a final product that will not only attract attention for a lifetime, but will also protect it for the many years to come.