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Novelis Aluminium forms Architecture for Copenhagen`s Aquarium "The Blue Planet”

COPENHAGEN/DENMARK, August 12, 2013 - From above it looks like a gigantic vortex:  The Blue Planet, Northern Europe's largest and most modern aquarium is situated at the island of Amager, right at the coast of the Øresund and  near the Copenhagen Airport. Even in the choice of cladding, the architects focused on quality materials with durability. They decided for Novelis pre-painted aluminum since it had proven itself for decades in extreme climates through features such as the seawater and corrosion resistant alloy C4S. The 1,2 mm thick facade sheet with a natural aluminum look is protected with a weathering clear lacquer coat and, thus ideal for forming, transport and installation.

spectacular architecture, Copenhagen´s new aquarium "The Blue Planet"

Upon landing approach to the Copenhagen airport, the whirlpool can be seen in all its beauty. On the landscape, the great whirlpool continues through the terrain, the pools and the sea surrounding the building.| photo: Novelis

In their project design, the Danish architects 3XN were inspired by the shape of water in endless motion as ocean currents and schools of fish. As a result, they denoted the aquarium the “whirlpool”. The building connects land and sea, drawing both the great outdoors and visitors inside. That in itself tells the story of what awaits inside.
The reason for the architectural tender was the poor structural condition of the traditional Danish aquarium in Charlottenlund, which first opened in 1939 and it had reached its capacity limit. The new aquarium should conform to the requirements of a global sea adventure center, housing an approximate 10,000 qm² exhibition area up to modern technical standards.

Design adds Functionality

In contrast to various other metals Novelis aluminium poses no risk of ground water pollution. This way rain water can be collected and passed on into the aquarium without ablution. The entire metal envelope consists of approximately 27,000 m² coil-coated aluminum, processed into 40,000 shingles identical in size and form, fixed on a substructure of omega profiles. 200,000 stainless steel clips were used for the non-visible fixing of the façade rhombs. The walls and roofs form a single, continuous flow in a way which emphasizes the wavy outline of the building.

Underwater Worlds of all Continents

Inside the building the association of a whirlpool continues. From the round centre hall of the building the different parts are ‘whirled’ in the slightly curved sequence of areas and rooms. Thereby the walls and ceilings flow into one another and form a single, continuous flow. The roof above the foyer is made of glass, and at the same time it is the bottom of a pool. High above, through the pool water, you can see the sky with sunlight being reflected in the water.

visitors at the new Aquarium "The Blue Planet" in Copenhagen

Experience the Deep Blue Nature - Blue Planet pulls the visitors into the underwater worlds around the globe. The sunlight what is reflecting in the water and the exhibit rooms, which are fitted on background music and projections are creating an atmosphere like a dive. | photo: Novelis

The offshoot of the “vortex” leads through various organic worlds and presents the underwater world of all continents. Visitors gain stunning insights into the sea life of the Faroe-Islands, into the maritime life of the Pacific coasts, into coral reefs, lakes of Africa and the South American Amazon, even a tropical oceanarium, where sharks live. Opened in March 2013, the Blue Planet is one of Denmark’s biggest tourist attractions. Around 700,000 visitors are expected each year.

curved structure of Copenhagen´s Aquarium "The Blue Planet"