BLUE PLANET

DANISH NATIONAL ACQUARIUM

BLUE PLANET - DENMARK

It is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe. It hosts more than 20,000 animals in seven million liters of water. It occupies an area of 10.000m2 and it is a most spectacular modern architecture clearly visible for travelers, arriving by plane at the nearby Copenhagen Airport.

Inspired by the shape of nature whirlpool shapes: water streams, shoals of fish, flocks of birds in the sky Denmark’s new National Aquarium, The Blue Planet is shaped as a great whirlpool.

This way the shape of the building itself tells the story of what awaits inside. The Blue Planet is located on an elevated headland towards the sea, north of Kastrup Harbor. Located by the seaside the whirlpool shape connects sea and landscape.

BLUE PLANET - DENMARK

Blnker wall recessed is hidden into the cast masonry and lead the visitor to the main entrance with wide beam. Column Bollard follows the path leading the visitor away from the main entrance to a fascinating journey that ends where the sea begins.

BLUE PLANET - DENMARK

The facade is covered with small diamond-shaped aluminum plates, known as shingles, which adapts to the building’s organic form. Just as water aluminum reflects the colors and light of the sky and thus the buildings expression varies with the changes in its natural surroundings.

BLUE PLANET - DENMARK

On September 2013, THE BLUE PLANET won the WORLD ARCHITECTURE AWARD FESTIVAL (WAF). ”It deals successfully with the site and finds opportunity where there is little context. It overcomes significant engineering and technical challenges.”. (The WAF judges)

CREDITS

THE BLUE PLANET BUILDING FOUNDATION

  • LOCATION: Jacob Fortlingsvej 1, 2770 Kastrup, Denmark
  • ARCHITECT / DESIGNER: 3XN
  • LIGHTING DESIGN: Fagherult
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Tom Jersø