OMA-member Haptic Architects have designed a new aquarium in the municipality of Bærum, on the outskirts of Oslo in Norway. 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.

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The aquarium takes its inspiration from the characteristic, “svaberg” rock formations that are typical of the 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 new city beach. The roof of the aquarium is accessible by the general public providing a new public amenity space for the area.

The client is Selvaag, one of Norway’s largest developers.

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