Iconic Shape for Denmark’s Aquarium
Danish architects, 3Xn A/S, designed the iconic shape of the National Aquarium of Denmark, Den Blå Planet. The Blue Planet opened to the public in March 2013. It is Northern Europe’s largest structure of its kind, with an area of 10,000 m2. Located in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen, the aquarium is close to the airport. If you have the chance to fly above it, look down and enjoy seeing the vortex-shaped design inspired by a whirlpool.
The Blue Planet is an extraordinary building not only seen from above, but also from the ground – outside and inside. Our Texlon® ETFE system creates a light-flooded area with lots of plants. Visitors walk through its interior and experience travel through several organic worlds. The National Aquarium Denmark houses thousands of fish and sea creatures in 53 tanks. Animals from three different types of bodies of water can be experienced: tropical lakes and rivers, northern lakes and seas, and the ocean.
Texlon® ETFE systems can be incredibly transparent and allow high levels of light transmission into buildings. Animals and visitors can enjoy an outdoor feeling, while being protected from the elements under the 620 m² Texlon ETFE roof and facade. The design took into consideration the Danish climate so we installed a four layered ETFE system, including snow cables.
The Blue Planet is award-winning architecture. It has been awarded with Best Building in the prestigious World Architecture Festival. Further, it is recipient of the RIBA EU Award and the Tårnby Municipality Preservation Society’s Architecture Award. Congratulations to everyone involved!
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Images Copyright: Alexandra Timpau.