A futuristic attraction is to open in Norway: The Whale has the appearance of a huge whale stranded on the coast of the village of Andenes, on the island of Andøya. Will tell the story of the whales migratory and their underwater world
A great new attraction in the Arctic: the study of architecture, the Danish Dorte Mandrup A/S will build The Whale, which looks like giant tail of a whale. Located in the north of Norway, approximately 300 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, the cultural building will not only be one of the best places in the world for the observation of mammals (also thanks to the large windows) but it will offer visitors a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.
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The Whale, the new attraction to watch for whales
The deep, dark waters, and cold in the north-western coast of Andøya , attracting thousands of squid, which in turn attract the sperm whales, the animals particularly fond of these molluscs. Consequently, on the Norwegian island of the archipelago of the Vesterålen arrive already more than 50,000 visitors a year, to closely observe the spectacle of whales in migration.
The Whale, the unique observatory in the shape of a whale in the Arctic Circle
The project the Whale, which covers an area of 4,500 square meters, wants to increase knowledge of these animals and at the same time preserve the marine life. In addition, it aims to be an attraction of the world. The roof is clad in stone, and the gigantic tail blends in with the rocky landscape and its shape curve seems to move on the coast, where it will be built.
The Whale, a work which will cost 20 million euros
The cost? Approximately twenty million euros. “Visitors who want to explore the Observatory will be invited to walk on the roof to enjoy a spectacular view of the ocean and the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. From here, you can also see the midnight sun, or the magnificent spectacle of the aurora borealis dancing in the sky”, they say, by the architecture firm Dorte Mandrup.
The opening of the Observatory is scheduled for 2022
Inside the Observatory, The Whale will find also many exhibition areas, offices, a café and shop: all of the activities will be linked between them thanks to the large glass walls. The opening of the structure is scheduled for 2022.