The Blue Planet
Inspired by the whirl streams of the sea, shoals of fish, and swirling starlings turning the sky black, the Blue Planet is shaped like a great whirlpool.
Raised a few meters above the terrain, overlooking the Øresund strait, the whirl-shaped building connects land and sea, drawing both the great outdoors and visitors inside.
A flat surface of water creates a sense of distance between you and The Blue Planet, letting the building stand out strongly and reflected in what is, both outside and inside, its focal element - water.
The other arm of the whirlpool unfolds a cantilevered wall which provides shelter from the wind and the weather.
All the lines of the building converge towards the Round Room, the center of navigation, from which the different parts are "whirled" in the slightly curved sequence of rooms. Here visitors choose which river, lake or ocean to explore.
Looking upwards, through the glass roof, that is also the bottom of the pool, you feel you a part of the aquarium. Sunlight is being reflected through the pool water, forming flickering, shimmering sunspots on the floor and walls.
Like watery currents, the building is not static - the movement continues into the future by virtue of always allowing possible extensions to add more, simply by letting the lines of the whirlpool grow further out.
Facts about The Blue Planet
Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority
Last updated: November 23, 2012