As science fiction author and prophet of the space age Arthur C. Clarke once said, “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” Society’s stewardship of all things aquatic comes in the form of an exceedingly fascinating, niche building typology: the aquarium. After seeing the first photos of an absolutely stunning design in Copenhagen inspired by a swirling whirlpool, we wanted to explore what other wondrous, underwater experiences await around the world. From the largest aquarium in Europe to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s breathtaking proposal inspired by a starfish, click through to check out some of the most awe-inspiring aquariums of today, including three in progress projects to get you excited about what’s in store for the future of maritime design.
The Blue Planet by 3XN – Copenhagen, Denmark
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Set to open in this spring, the Blue Planet was designed to mimic the swirling shape of a whirlpool to convey a story about being carried under water into an unknown world full of fascinating experiences — aka exhibitions. One notable feature: a glass ceiling-topped foyer that lets you feel as if you’re completely submerged.