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The Blue Planet - Sea Aquarium -Copenhagen

Nominee:
Building & Architecture

Company:
3XN Architects & NOVELIS

Website:
www.novelis.com

Award category for entry:
Building & Architecture

Winner in category:
Award Building & Architecture

Taken into production / produced on:
2013-03-22

Nature of the product / project:

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. From above it looks like a gigantic vortex. In their project design, the Danish 3XN Architects were inspired by the shape of water in endless motion as ocean currents and schools of fish. The Blue Planet is a building of great complexity, and 3XN has taken on the role as project manager for 15 sub-consultants - including Kvorning Exhibition Designers and the Australian aquarium experts AAT. Ambitions have been sky high from the outset, and the construction of the special double curved facade has been a development project in itself, which has proven a great challenge to all parties involved. Even in the choice of cladding, the architects focused on quality materials with excellent durability. Thus, they decided for Novelis pre-painted aluminum since it had proven itself for decades in extreme climates through excellent features such as the seawater and corrosion resistant alloy C4S. As the material poses no risk of ground water pollution the rain water can be collected and passed on into the aquarium without ablution. The organic motion of the sea water and the varieties of shapes and scales of sea creatures are reflected both in the whirlpool structure and also in the overall facade, which is covered in small diamond-shaped aluminium shingles. Opened in March 2013, the Blue Planet is one of Denmark’s biggest tourist attractions. Why is this construction type special? Novelis falzonal® is a rolled and coil-coated aluminum with specific alloy composition and special surface finish developed for Building &Construction application. Over 27,000m² of 1.2mm thick coated aluminum sheet, produced at the Novelis Göttingen plant, was used to make the 40,000 shingles, identical in size and form, each of which is approximately half a square meter in size. Both sides of the sheet were coil-coated in 3 micron weathering clear lacquer. This provides the necessary protection during installation whilst at the same time allowing the natural beauty of the aluminum to shine through. 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. Reason for the entry: What are the innovative aspects of product or project: The use of weathering clear coated aluminum and seawater resistant alloy for such an ambitious and complex project. The weathering requirements of this iconic project were very high and the “intelligent” lacquering development enables a long-term natural aluminum look. Photographer: Adam Mørk, Copenhagen, Denmark

Designer Architect Developer:

3XN Architects - Copenhagen

Aluminium supplier(s):

Novelis Göttingen

Manufacturer/Sub-contractor:

Kai Andersen A/S

Particulars:

The use of weathering clear coated aluminum and seawater resistant alloy for such an ambitious and complex project. The weathering requirements of this iconic project were very high and the “intelligent” lacquering development enables a long-term natural

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