10,000 sq m structure will be biggest in northern Europe
Haptic Architects has unveiled its design for a new aquarium for the Norwegian municipality of Bærum, on the outskirts of Oslo.
The 10,000 sq m structure is modelled on local “svaberg” rock formations, and features two undulating forms that will house 7 million litres of water, as well as providing new outside public spaces – including an accessible roof.
Created for developer Selvaag, the aquarium will form part of Bærum’s new waterfront area that has been masterplanned by Rodeo Architects, and which includes boat and surfing clubs, a new urban beach, restaurants, shops, bars and a sea-plane terminal.
Haptic director Tomas Stokke said the aquarium would be the largest in northern Europe, and was located on a stunning site.
“I have always loved the Norwegian ‘svaberg’ rocks,” he said.
“They are beautiful, sculptural objects, that form natural pockets, ponds and seating areas, gently heated by the sun.
“We wanted to recreate the qualities of this, in creating an aquarium with a distinct Norwegian quality.”
The waterfront project is part of a regeneration scheme for the former site of Oslo Airport. It includes the provision of a new metro link to the city centre and a ferry to the capital’s waterfront.
Haptic said construction of the aquarium could begin in 2020 for an anticipated 2023 completion.