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From the opening of the Mary Rose Museum to Denmark’s new national aquarium

By Magali Robathan | Published in Leisure Management 2013 issue 3


Danish national aquarium launches

Project: Den Blå Planet
Design: 3XN
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark’s new national aquarium, Den Blå Planet, has opened in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen.

Created by 3XN, the aquarium is shaped like a giant whirlpool, designed to ‘pull people into the world beneath the surface of the sea’. The attraction is home to more than 20,000 sea animals, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, manta rays and pirahnas. Visitors start in the circular foyer at the centre of the building, and can then choose which river, lake or ocean to explore.

 



The building’s façade is covered with diamond-shaped aluminium shingles, which reflect the sky and surroundings
 


The building has been designed in the shape of a whirlpool
 
Carousel ride opens in New York park

Project: SeaGlass
Design: WXY
Location: New York, US

A new aquatic-themed carousel experience has opened in New York’s Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The SeaGlass ride has been designed by WXY and was inspired by the New York Aquarium. It features a turntable design and a spiral shell structure with SmartGlass panels that turn from transparent to cobalt blue to represent the ocean. Riders mount iridescent glass fish, which are lit with fibre optic and LED lights. Images of marine life are projected inside the pavilion while the figures spin.

 



Aquatic-themed carousel
 


The SeaGlass ride
 
Sculpture unveiled at St Pancras

Project: Cloud: Meteoros
Design: Lucy and Jorge Orta
Location: London, UK

A giant art installation has been unveiled at St Pancras international station in London, designed by Lucy and Jorge Orta.

Cloud: Meteoros features a 15m-wide cloud suspended above the station’s Grand Terrace with figures gently resting on top, intended to echo the passengers waiting for trains below. The sculpture follows on the success of the Olympic Rings which were suspended in the space leading up to and during London 2012.

 



Sculpture unveiled at St Pancras
Mary Rose Museum launches in Portsmouth Dock

Project: Mary Rose Museum
Design: Wilkinson Eyre
Location: Portsmouth, UK

The Mary Rose Museum opened to the public on 31 May, at the same Portsmouth dockyard where the Tudor warship was built more than 500 years ago.

The £27m (US$42m, E32m) museum was originally scheduled to open in autumn 2012 but a final fit out of interiors took longer than expected.

The museum design was led by Wilkinson Eyre, who worked with interior design fit out architects Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will on the project.

In addition to the restored ship, which sank in 1545 in the Battle of Solent, the boat-shaped museum showcases 19,000 artefacts, which include wooden eating bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments, longbows, nit combs complete with 500 year old lice and two tonne guns.

 



Mary Rose Museum launches in Portsmouth Dock
Singapore eco hotel unveils its spa

Project: Parkroyal
Design: Woha
Location: Little India, Singapore

The amazing-looking Parkroyal hotel in Singapore has unveiled its spa and wellness facilities.

The 16-storey eco-inspired hotel features a vertical park and has an entire floor dedicated to wellness.

A large proportion of the floor has been set aside for green outdoor space and features a two-storey descent waterfall, a 300m garden walk and an infinity pool that flows along the edge of the hotel.

Woha architects were responsible for the design.

 



spa and wellness facilities
 


The hotel has won awards for its sustainable practices to promote energy and water efficiency
 
 


The St Gregory Spa has four treatment rooms
 
Mallorca castle hotel opens

A restored 18th century Mallorquin castle has opened as a luxury hotel, after several years of restoration work.

The Castell Son Claret, in Calvia, Mallorca, has 38 rooms and suites, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Bellesa de Claret Spa. It is situated on a 325 acre private estate.

Linares Arquitectos were responsible for the design.

 



The castle has been painstakingly restored
 


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From the opening of the Mary Rose Museum to Denmark’s new national aquarium

Magali Robathan, CLAD mag

Danish national aquarium launches

Project: Den Blå Planet
Design: 3XN
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark’s new national aquarium, Den Blå Planet, has opened in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen.

Created by 3XN, the aquarium is shaped like a giant whirlpool, designed to ‘pull people into the world beneath the surface of the sea’. The attraction is home to more than 20,000 sea animals, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, manta rays and pirahnas. Visitors start in the circular foyer at the centre of the building, and can then choose which river, lake or ocean to explore.

 



The building’s façade is covered with diamond-shaped aluminium shingles, which reflect the sky and surroundings
 


The building has been designed in the shape of a whirlpool
 
Carousel ride opens in New York park

Project: SeaGlass
Design: WXY
Location: New York, US

A new aquatic-themed carousel experience has opened in New York’s Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The SeaGlass ride has been designed by WXY and was inspired by the New York Aquarium. It features a turntable design and a spiral shell structure with SmartGlass panels that turn from transparent to cobalt blue to represent the ocean. Riders mount iridescent glass fish, which are lit with fibre optic and LED lights. Images of marine life are projected inside the pavilion while the figures spin.

 



Aquatic-themed carousel
 


The SeaGlass ride
 
Sculpture unveiled at St Pancras

Project: Cloud: Meteoros
Design: Lucy and Jorge Orta
Location: London, UK

A giant art installation has been unveiled at St Pancras international station in London, designed by Lucy and Jorge Orta.

Cloud: Meteoros features a 15m-wide cloud suspended above the station’s Grand Terrace with figures gently resting on top, intended to echo the passengers waiting for trains below. The sculpture follows on the success of the Olympic Rings which were suspended in the space leading up to and during London 2012.

 



Sculpture unveiled at St Pancras
Mary Rose Museum launches in Portsmouth Dock

Project: Mary Rose Museum
Design: Wilkinson Eyre
Location: Portsmouth, UK

The Mary Rose Museum opened to the public on 31 May, at the same Portsmouth dockyard where the Tudor warship was built more than 500 years ago.

The £27m (US$42m, E32m) museum was originally scheduled to open in autumn 2012 but a final fit out of interiors took longer than expected.

The museum design was led by Wilkinson Eyre, who worked with interior design fit out architects Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will on the project.

In addition to the restored ship, which sank in 1545 in the Battle of Solent, the boat-shaped museum showcases 19,000 artefacts, which include wooden eating bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments, longbows, nit combs complete with 500 year old lice and two tonne guns.

 



Mary Rose Museum launches in Portsmouth Dock
Singapore eco hotel unveils its spa

Project: Parkroyal
Design: Woha
Location: Little India, Singapore

The amazing-looking Parkroyal hotel in Singapore has unveiled its spa and wellness facilities.

The 16-storey eco-inspired hotel features a vertical park and has an entire floor dedicated to wellness.

A large proportion of the floor has been set aside for green outdoor space and features a two-storey descent waterfall, a 300m garden walk and an infinity pool that flows along the edge of the hotel.

Woha architects were responsible for the design.

 



spa and wellness facilities
 


The hotel has won awards for its sustainable practices to promote energy and water efficiency
 
 


The St Gregory Spa has four treatment rooms
 
Mallorca castle hotel opens

A restored 18th century Mallorquin castle has opened as a luxury hotel, after several years of restoration work.

The Castell Son Claret, in Calvia, Mallorca, has 38 rooms and suites, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Bellesa de Claret Spa. It is situated on a 325 acre private estate.

Linares Arquitectos were responsible for the design.

 



The castle has been painstakingly restored

Originally published in Leisure Management 2013 issue 3

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