Air Hangar Reborn as Waterpark

An air hangar in Germany has been converted into a massive waterpark, which some see as the possible beginning of a trend in adaptive reuse of these types of facilities.
December 30, 2010, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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"At the "shoreline" are 600 feet of sandy beach and hundreds of deck chairs. The Bali Lagoon has a grotto and waterfall, as well as the world's largest indoor rainforest, with 50,000 trees in 600 varieties-from palm to papaya-that thrive in natural light. Its most popular attraction is a nine-story waterslide that propels sliders to 44 mph.

If Tropical Islands stays afloat, others may eye the world's few remaining airship hangars for similar uses, though some aviation analysts predict a revival of airships, which would compete for such space."

The park sees nearly a million visitors a year.

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Published on Monday, December 27, 2010 in Air & Space
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