Bring the Sea Into Your Space –
Without Getting Anyone Wet

The design goal of The Blue Planet, Denmark’s national aquarium, was to make the aquarium’s visitors feel like they had entered the world of the sea. Lighting designer Jesper Garde Kongshaug created a stunning, realistic and controllable water effect to accomplish that goal and projected the effect throughout the vast concourse areas inside the aquarium.

Aquariums are filled with the ethereal, wavy effect of light shining through or reflecting off of the various pools and tanks of water in their exhibits. The design team hoped to incorporate those effects into its design, which was inspired by the “swirling waters” of the sea outside its walls, and bring the visitors “into the world of the fish and the life they live under the sea.” Kongshaug knew that, in order to immerse the visitors in an underwater experience, he would need to generate his own reflected water effect.

Kongshaug and his team installed over forty Rosco DMX-controlled X24 Effect Projectors throughout the building’s 53 aquariums, giving Kongshaug complete control of the speed, direction and coverage of the projected water effects being created.

Working with Rosco’s color lab, he created a custom dichroic color wheel that slowly circulated the blue, green and cyan colors he had chosen to emulate the Kastrup Harbor outside its walls.

Jesper Kongshaug’s stunning lighting design brings the swirling waters of the sea inside the aquarium to accomplish the immersive vision of the design. He chose Rosco’s X24 to make The Blue Planet’s visitors feel like they are in the water with sea animals from around the world.

Lighting Design: Jesper Garde Kongshaug
Architects: 3XN
Photographer: Adam Mørk


The X24 Effects Projector has been discontinued and has been replaced with the X-Effects LED Projector. The X-Effects LED is available in two models – a 5500K and a color-mixing RGBW – and in two wattages: 45W and 90W (HO). This upgrade provides quieter operation and removes the need for expensive lamp maintenance. Learn more:

Joel Svendsen

About Joel Svendsen

Content Marketing Manager: Joel's Rosco career began in Rosco's Hollywood office in 1999 – first in sales covering the Western US and the Los Angeles Film & Television market, and then as Product Manager for Rosco's Film & Television Products. Joel's knowledge about Rosco's products and how they're used in each of our different marketplaces makes him well suited for bringing the stories in Spectrum to life.