The blue Planet Architecture – 3XN

Dramatically placed a few meters above terrain overlooking the Øresund strait, Denmark’s new national aquarium in Copenhagen, The Blue Planet, stands as a connecting link between land and sea. The swirling curves of the building draws the visitors inside, just like the circulating currents of the whirlpool that inspired its shape.

The aquarium complex is designed by Danish architects 3XN, known for several high-profile buildings in the Copenhagen area, but The Blue Planet is perhaps their most ambitious and definitely their most expressive.

 

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“Our wish was to bring our visitors all the way down to the world of the fish. Therefore, the design of The Blue Planet is based on the story about water and life under the sea. We visualise the construction as a whirlpool which draws visitors into the depths to the fascinating experiences waiting among fish and sea animals from all over the world.”

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Indeed, from the round centre hall of the building the different parts are ‘whirled’ in the slightly curved sequence of rooms. The Blue Planet building site is in Copenhagen, at the island of Amager, right at the coast of Øresund, north of Kastrup Havn, close to the Copenhagen Airport, and viewed from a plane the whirlpool shape will show in its full

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The Blue Planet aquarium opened on March 22, 2013 and, with an anticipated 700,000 visitors a year, it is expected to become one of Denmark’s five most popular tourist attractions.

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Location: Kastrup, Denmark 

Architect: 3XN 
Project Team: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Jan Ammundsen, Bo Boje Larsen, Stig Vesterager Gothelf, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Majbritt Lerche Madsen, Rasmus Hjortshøj, Peter Feltendal, Bodil Nordstrøm, Christina Melholdt Broegaard, Nis Timmer, Christian Bundegaard, Ida S. Greisen, Martin Rejnholt Frederiksen, Torsten Wang, Simon Hartmann-Petersen, Mans Nijkamp, Ulrich Pohl, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Martin Jonsbak, Lasse Lind, Jesper Thøger Christensen, Mogens Bruun Jepsen, Carsten Olsen, Pernille Uglvig Jessen, Stine de Bang 
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S 
Area: 9,000 m2 
Year: 2013 
Client: The Blue Planet Building Foundation 
Photo: Adam Mørk, Miscellaneous
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