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.
“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.”
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
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.
Location: Kastrup, Denmark