Northern Europe's largest aquarium opens in Denmark




Over the weekend, Northern Europe’s largest aquarium opened to the public eight kilometers (five miles) outside of Copenhagen in Oresund, Denmark. The Blue Planet aquarium features over 20,000 fish and other aquatic animals all housed within 53 aquariums containing a total of approximately seven million liters (1.85 million gallons) of water.

The Blue Planet aquarium designed by Danish architectural studio 3XN is now open for visitors


The Blue Planet aquarium features over 20,000 fish all housed within 53 aquariums containing approximately seven million liters (1.85 million gallons) of water in total


The Blue Planet aquarium is the largest in Northern Europe


On entering the complex, visitors will first experience a sense of being fully being immersed in an underwater world


Different sections of the aquarium branch off from a central room called the Round Room


The Blue Planet Aquarium by 3XN architects


The exterior has been decorated with a series of small diamond-shaped aluminum plates called “shingles” which add to the aquarium’s organic design


The design of the aquarium has been inspired by the organic movement of water and the shape of sea creatures


A complex load-bearing system consisting of 54 unique steel frames, which via their radial positioning and geometry forms the base of the curved facades


The exterior shingles add a water effect to the building by reflecting the color and movement of the sky above


Acrylic glazing, which is considered to be 10 to 20 times more impact resistant than glass, was chosen to hold the aquarium’s 4 million liters (1.05 million gallons) of water


To ensure a healthy environment for the fish all water in the aquariums is filtered and sanitized every hour and then reused


The largest aquarium inside is the Ocean Tank measuring 16 meters (52ft) in length, 8 meters (26ft) in height and weighs roughly 60 tonnes (66 tons)


The Blue Planet complex has been built slightly elevated above the headlands facing towards the sea, just north of Kastrup Harbor in Oresund


The structure cost close to US$107 million to complete

The complex houses 53 aquariums containing approximately seven million liters (1.85 million gallons) of water in total


The seawater required for the cold salt water aquariums is pumped in from the sea through a 1.7km (1.05 mile) long tube


The 3XN architects wanted to create an adventurous experience for the aquarium’s visitors





 
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