The South-East coast of Zealand, Denmark offers a leisure time oasis as the motor way streams out of the urban area. Sandy beach patches, with small yacht ports and bike tracks, stretch across undulating green fields. Before the road reaches Kastrup airport, a construction site changes the contours of the waterfront horizon. The proximity of the airport puts the project in a beneficial light: an advertisement within the city’s panorama, or a future landmark. The plot covers a generous area of 27,000 sq m. The footprint of the uprising structure spreads on approx. 9,000 sq m.
The Blue Planet project was thoughtfully shaped to bring the public closer to a real aquatic experience, inside-out. A visit to the construction site proves that its design focuses on all-senses, although it is currently at a stage of raw concrete galleries. Swirling walls guide the visitors to the heart of a gigantic whirlpool where natural light is piercing in through the rounded ceiling. The absence of windows at the eye level deepens the underwater effect. The layout separates the area into various linked environments. A specific echo flows between the tall-ceiling “caves.” Contrasting lighted spaces of varied dimensions lead towards an immense room, bathed in natural light as it has a striking 180° sea-view. The landscape design will further compliment the looks of the building, reflecting it in water pools.
The building materials are based upon simplicity, flexibility, and quality; all seemingly essential to design lines, climate, and a smooth aging process. Corrosion-prone, poorly-insulated, or weather proof-less would have been far too expensive in the long-run. A heavy steel structure supports the main loads, helped by prefab, and on-site cast concrete walls. The skeleton is tightly wrapped in Rockwool and clad, with Rheinzink plates, like a fish skin texture.
Designing and running a complex that incorporates 70 tanks of 3 million litters of water, depending 24/7 on machines, could not be autonomous. Yet, a seawater cooling system will cut 80% of the cooling energy use by implementing the most effective insulating and glazing choices. Sustainable solutions, like connecting to the city`s off-shore wind power plant, may also be implemented.
The aquarium opens its gates next spring.
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