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Rockwool Insulation and The Blue Planet Aquarium, Denmark


Creating the right environment: For the curved facade of Denmark’s new aquarium, The Blue Planet, ROCKWOOL Denmark has delivered terrænbatts and Super Venti-Batts to secure optimal insulation.



The Blue Planet is a 9,000 m2 brand new aquarium designed by Danish architecture firm 3XN. With a great variety of species on display it will become a major tourist attraction in Copenhagen. As it is placed right next to Copenhagen Airport one of the challenges has been to create acoustic solution that protects the fish inside from the airport noise. Buildings are noisier than many people think. Traffic outside, ventilation systems, music, talking, doors opening and closing. So many sounds contribute to a typical room's acoustic environment, we sometimes don't even register them consciously.

In the case of The Blue Planet 200 mm hard ROCKWOOL batts together with 75 mm Super Venti-Batts were used. When it comes to securing good acoustics, it is important for the façade to be pressure proof and have a certain weight. The insulation provided by ROCKWOOL Denmark works towards ensuring the mass required to create optimal sound absorbing properties.

"It would have been more expensive to invest in other solutions with similar properties. Also, the possibility of finding alternatives is limited," says engineer Flemming Morsing, who works for the contracting firm responsible for steel and facade construction of The Blue Planet, Kai Andersen A/S.



Another challenge when building The Blue Planet was the pitch of the roof/wall. As the pitch of the wall was below 80°, it was considered a roof, and a certain kind of insulation was required to keep out rain. ROCKWOOL Denmark helped in the process to find a suitable solution, so that the terrænbatts and Super Venti-Batts could be used for this part as well. By sealing the insulation dowels, rain is kept out. One advantage of Super Venti-Batts is that the material is very durable as it can endure being exposed to water. Also, the non-combustible insulation materials help increase fire safety.

The design of the The Blue Planet's steel construction is created in the software program Tekla BIM. This makes the building's outline "organic", and the insulation part has had to be installed to fit the pre-defined steel construction. By delivering materials that protect the inside from the surrounding environment and fit the beautiful, organic building, ROCKWOOL Denmark has helped provide durable solutions that last for generations in Denmark's new innovative aquarium.

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