The new Oslo aquarium takes its inspiration from the characteristic “svaberg” rock formations that are typical of the Bærum area. Two gently undulating forms encompass the aquarium, gently rising up before dipping down to meet the water. The aquarium is bounded by new public spaces, walkways and a city beach. The roof of the aquarium is accessible by the public providing a new amenity space for the area.
The aquarium, which will have an area of more than 10,000m2 and more than 7M litres of water, will be the largest in northern Europe and is part of a wider waterfront transformation and urban development, masterplanned by Rodeo Architects.
Rodeo and Haptic have worked together to design the new waterfront as part of the masterplan. The design incorporates a range of water related activities, including boat- and surfing clubs, an urban beach, restaurants and bars, retail and offices and a seaplane terminal! The area will be served by a new metro link to the city centre, as well as a ferry link to the waterfront of Oslo city.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 with an opening date in 2023.