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ARCHITECT FOCUS


How did you choose the content? We wanted to exhibit some truly fascinating animals, such as the hammerhead sharks, which we know will attract visitors. We’ve spanned the entire globe and its waters: cold as well as warm; saltwater as well as fresh. We then developed fascinating habitats, which are designed to highlight the stories of the animals and nature’s cycles.


What technology have you used? Digital screens by the aquariums expand the information and storytelling about the animals. We also offer an app to extend the experience with information, news and games. People can scan barcodes around the aquarium to get specifi c information


relevant to the animals. To date, it’s the seventh most downloaded app in Denmark. We also have dedicated personnel, who tell fascinating stories about the animals, without imposing on our guests. They’ve been very well received. Structurally, the glass of the aquariums has to withstand the pressure of the water: the window in front of our 4.1 million litres Ocean Tank is 46cm (1.5ft)-thick.


What are the aquarium’s environmental features? A service line was built 1.6km (one mile) into the sea to source water. This means water doesn’t need to be transported and can be circulated. As well as being used in the aquariums, we use it to


cool the building. In the Amazonas area, which has a very hot and humid environ- ment, ventilation comes from a natural circulation of air between the inside and outside of the building, rather than using energy-consuming fans and ventilators. Danish building laws are among the strictest in the world, so we’re very environmentally friendly in comparison with countries outside Europe. We’ll offset our CO2-footprint as soon as our yearly power use is measured.


Are there operational challenges? Sourcing, cleaning and recycling water for the tanks. We do this via the pipeline and using an in-house water treatment plant, we purify and recycle the water every hour.


■ The aquarium had 21,000 visitors in its opening weekend. An annual attendance of 700,000 is expected 64 LEISURE HANDBOOK 2014 www.leisurehandbook.com


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