The Blue Planet is Europe’s largest and most significant aquarium with an outstanding location on the shores of Oresund, Denmark. Designed by Danish architectural studio 3XN, 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 design of the complex was inspired by the organic movement of water and the shape of sea creatures. Similar to the scales of a fish, the exterior has been decorated with a series of small diamond-shaped aluminum shingles, which also add a water effect to the building by reflecting the color and movement of the sky above.
“Our wish was to bring our visitors all the way down to the world of the fish. Therefore, the design of The Blue Planet is based on the story about water and life under the sea,” said Kim Herforth Nielsen, Creative Director of 3XN. “We visualized the construction as a whirlpool which draws visitors into the depths to the fascinating experiences waiting among fish and sea animals from all over the world.”