3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the public

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the public

‘blue planet’ by 3XN, copenhagen, denmarkimage © adam mørk

 

 

the small town of kastrup in denmark celebrates the public opening of its newest aquarium designed by local practice 3XN. the ‘blue planet aquarium‘ is derived from the nautical swirl, a pattern repeated not only in the fluid behavior of water but throughout marine wildlife design as well, the radial shape also dictates the organization of spaces and circulation. the tentacle-like structure seems to hover over a reflecting pool, and once inside the visitor is immersed within several underwater ocean-scapes; similar to the function of a whirlpool, the project pulls the guest into the deep blue to observe the sea life.

 

 

video © 3XN

 

 

 

a glass roof in the entrance foyer supports a shallow pool of water that filters natural sunlight and projects kinetic aqueous lines and sunspots into the space below. immediatelyone finds themselves in the central round room, the connection hub to the various winding thematic wings where guests can choose to explore the river, lake, or ocean.

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicreflecting pool image © adam mørk

 

 

 

located next to, and overlooking the øresund strait fosters a land-sea relationship where guests always have a visual connection to the real deal. the vortex-like footprint also mirrors the dynamic nature of water. the lines dictated by the metallic structure are continued onto the site through landscaping and make it possible to add on more exhibit areas by simple extending the wings of the building.

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicroof panel detailimage © blå planet

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicreception roomimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicimage © adam mørk

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicreflection in the poolimage © blå planet

 

 

 

drawings

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicfloor plan – illustratedimage © blå planet

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicfloor plan / level 0

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicroof plan

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicsection

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicsection

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicsection

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicsection

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicelevation

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicelevation

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicelevation

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicelevation

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicroof axonometric

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicinterior axonometric

 

 

3XN: blue planet aquarium open to the publicmodel

 

 

project info:

 

address: kajakvej, 2770 kastrup, denmarkclient: the blue planet building foundation (realdania, knud højgaards fond, tårnby kommune)function: aquariumgross floor area: 9,000 sqmyear: 2013architect: 3XN3XN 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

  • Beautiful work and i also agree with the comment of Trent.

    atelier argos
    Jul 07, 2013
  • Its amazing what Engineers and Architects can do with the new materials available these days. AWESOME.

    ARTHUR CHRISTY
    Mar 26, 2013
  • Very Nice. Finally a plan that reflects the forms. In the recent past there have been too many “swoopy” envelopes filled with lots of the typical little boxes. Function does not imply orthogonal plans, nor does it imply crude efficiency. The greatest spaces of the world’s best buildings are often “wasteful” while fulfilling functional, psychological and aesthetic requirements. Food for thought.

    Mike Jackson
    Mar 23, 2013
  • Good design is form and function. So much space has been sacrificed in this building to realise the shape, a shape which doesn’t synergise with the the functional aspects of the building at all.

    I give it points for combining the Guggenheim with the Sydney Opera house though.

    Trent
    Mar 22, 2013
  • Amazing. What wonderful lines, curves and flow….. Definitely on my bucket list!

    Pieter van Dam
    Mar 21, 2013
  • this is very amazing….what a beautiful design…!

    luisEfe80
    Mar 20, 2013
  • it is a beauty of forms ,textures & elements .wish there were more buildings like this. i would like to see more of ur work. . congrats.we in india are also experimenting

    ajay bharadwaj
    Mar 20, 2013

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