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    The Cube Garden Superior is Glassbox Art

    If there is one aquarium company that has embraced the simplicity of a “glassbox”, it is Aqua Design Amano. Commonly referred to as ADA, their cube gardens feature beveled, high clarity glass and minimally visible adhesive, making them some of the most attractive aquariums in the world. The Cube Garden Superior takes that all to […]

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    If there is one aquarium company that has embraced the simplicity of a “glassbox”, it is Aqua Design Amano. Commonly referred to as ADA, their cube gardens feature beveled, high clarity glass and minimally visible adhesive, making them some of the most attractive aquariums in the world. The Cube Garden Superior takes that all to the next level.

    Using heat resistant glass and molded into shape, the Cube Garden Superior features 100% high clarity glass construction. There is no silicone used on this glass box. Each aquarium is melded into a unique work of art.

    Takashi Amano himself says,

    “It was produced on a different concept from the conventional aquarium. It was made of special German heat resistant glass, and its construction was totally different. Instead of connecting glass plates with silicone, it was made as one piece like a sphere. I thought it would be necessary to propose that an aquarium can be a work of art like that. I suppose that I did not think of it as a business much because of that mind-set.”

    The first ADA aquarium featuring this construction was featured in their ’95 catalog– selling for ¥250,000 for the 60cm aquarium. Such a high price tag remains today on these made-to-order aquarium.

    A 4″ Cube Garden Superior cube starts at $400 USD with prices quickly rising. The 24″ x 12″ x 14″ 60-P fetches a price of $3,200.

    6 Comments

    1. April 24, 2011 at 4:56 AM | Permalink

      When I win the lotto next week I am going to so use one of those for my top-off container. I am curious to see how defined the lines on it are (id imagine they have a slight cure to them, in the picture you can see the seems look a little curved.

      Go buy the 4″ mike and after the review you can empty it and use it as a sweet candy jar.

    2. April 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM | Permalink

      What is the largest size they make so far?

    3. April 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

      Biggest is 60cm, if you look in the books when ever he uses these though nice, they have noticeable distortions in the front panes. Hardly worth it for that sort of money.

    4. April 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

      Biggest is 60cm, if you look in the books when ever he uses these though nice, they have noticeable distortions in the front panes. Hardly worth it for that sort of money.

    5. April 27, 2011 at 5:53 PM | Permalink

      True, not as nice as one would think. Mostly just for novelty value.

      I’m sort of surprised it took this long for someone to notice this…

    6. May 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

      It’s more acceptable in Japan as they have an appreciation of imperfection, wabi sabi. I believe there to be float glass tanks with glass beaded bonds but I’ve never seen pictures, only read about them.

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