isiting Copenhagen, Denmark, for a scientific conference
recently, my companions and I enjoyed walking along the
waterways and exploring various restaurants in the evenings.
We were lucky that our visit coincided with a jazz festival
with several bands playing nightly on an open-air stage at the
waterfront and in smaller restaurant venues. Apart from the
conference, though, the highlight of my trip was a visit to the
National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet (The Blue Planet),
which opened in March 2013.
Exiting the Metro at Kastrup Station, one stop before the
Copenhagen Airport, we walked up to the Blue Planet aquarium
at Amager, located directly facing the Øresund strait and
surrounded by a circular reflection pool. A low-lying, swirling
structure slowly appearing out of the mist in early morning,
the building is best observed on a sunny day when it takes on
a beautiful golden-bronze sheen. The Blue Planet’s architecture
was inspired by a whirlpool, with the vortex forming a round
lobby in the middle and five arms radiating from it.
DENMARK’S BLUE PLANET AQUARIUM
The Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen, Denmark.