Office Aquarium Doubles as a Desk Divider

(Photo: Extreme Aquatics)

This was the call center of Freshwater Software, a now defunct company based in Boulder, Colorado. In 2000, the company commissioned this unique office design. The cubicles were not divided by fabric walls, but glass aquariums. The custom desks were built by a local carpenter, then the fish tanks by Jesse Damman, a professional aquarium maker.

Occasionally a fish jumped out of the tank, but workers reported that it was an enjoyable experience. The sounds produced by the tanks provided background noise that was helpful in a call center. The Daily Mail quotes former employees, including Christina Gillman, who wrote:

'We had many types of fish, ranging from Cichilds, catfish, tiger fish, menos, and much more.

'The tanks worked great, except when a fish died or jumped out of the tank.'

Jennifer Colvin, another former employee of the company, added: 'We had a local woodworker build the frames and desktops and then had Jesse Dammann build the fish tanks on site.

'After 8 years, a majority of the fish we had were born there.'

-via Twisted Sifter

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