The swirling Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen, designed by Danish studio 3XN, has recently opened to the public, and it's a spectacular building to say the least. Designed to resemble a wave or a whirlpool, the waterfront structure appears to melt into the ocean.
The building comprises a series of curved wings, designed to mimic the shapes generated by swirling water, and is clad in shimmering aluminium shingles that are reminiscent of fish scales. Visitors enter a curved foyer with a glass ceiling with a pool above it, while more than 450 species of fish and other animals are housed within.
"The design of The Blue Planet is based on the story about water and life under the sea," said 3XN partner Kim Herforth Nielsen.
"We visualise 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."
View more images of the amazing structure at photographer Adam Mørk's website.