Danish architectural firm 3XN has struck lightening twice…

…and quickly found itself in the stratosphere of the architecture world with the opening of Europe’s largest aquarium, located in Copenhagen’s Kastrup suburb.  Known as Den Blå, or Blue Planet, the building resembles the swirling motion of water found in whirlpools and houses a number of exhibitions and ecosystems, the most impressive of which are the Ocean Tank, featuring sharks and visible through jaw-droppingly huge plate-glass windows; the Coral Reef; and the Amazonas rain forest.

Blue Planet

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Its second major achievement recently has been the opening of the United Nations regional headquarters, consolidating far-flung offices and operations into a sleek, new and brilliantly designed building known as UN City Copenhagen.  The ribbon cutting was conducted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.  The star-shaped structure is constructed around a central hub, or atrium, through which everyone must pass in order to reach other parts of the building, an ingenuous approach to an organization whose philosophy is wholly dependent on diplomacy and working together.

UN City - Copenhagen-02

UN City, Copenhagen © 2013 3XN

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