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Published On: Sat, Jul 9th, 2016

British architectural firm concept for a vertical Zoo

Sit in glass houses and ROAR: A British architectural firm has developed a concept for a vertical Zoo. Most of the inhabitants have their refuges in giant glass domes in the different levels of the entities, others climb freely it around. There are similar concepts also by other architects and artists. Why build it in the height?

It will work closely in the future: people move together, cities become huge formations: so anyway, a relatively common version, which is not so far in the distance. In this so-called mega-cities is not space, at least not in the horizontal direction.

British architectural firm concept for a vertical Zoo

What looks like a giant plant is the design for a zoo where the animals are to high. Lack of space in the city could be compensated through a vertical construction. Photo: WestonWilliams + partner

The British architects of Weston-Williams + partner, even for the design of London-Bridge-U-Bahn-station, and the New England bio labs are responsible, have a concept anyway, ever the Zoo of Buenos Aires in the vertical moved. The Zoo of the future has assembled the shape of a giant tree, beams, Struts and platforms in its presentation.

The climate can be optimally adapted

The animals live in large domes on the branch-like foothills of the tower. Within these domes, so the idea of the architect, the climate can be adapted the needs of the animal inhabitants. If multiple species sharing a dome, they can be separated by light networks: massive walls are not provided. Not all residents are limited to fixed platforms. Monkeys, for example could move freely on the construct of beams and braces, as well as birds and butterflies.


Heaven close to: Vertical Zoo to no prison be for there living things, but retreat. Photo: WestonWilliams + partner

The visitors change the floors by stairs or glass elevator. Since the enclosure no longer, as in conventional zoos consecutively, but are stacked, offers them at the same time an undisguised view of the underlying landscape or, in the mega-cities of the future more likely the growing skyline of Buenos Aires.

Science fiction was an inspiration for classic

Your Zoo to no prison be for there living things, but retreat, so the idea of the British. Also their inspiration jellyfish this suggests: according to own statements they rely for their thoughts play on the science fiction film “silently in space” in 1972. In the work of Director Douglas Trumbull, the ecosystem of the Earth is no longer existent, the remaining animals and plants survive in domes a space ship, which drifts through space.

You can move freely on the construct of beams and braces

If BB´s like the monkey? You can move freely on the construct of beams and braces, as well as birds and butterflies. Photo: WestonWilliams + partner

A further reason for the concept is much more mundane: you would want to try out their building information software, briefly BIM, so the architects. With BIM an intelligent 3D model can be created, whereby decisions on projects can be made and discussed.

British architectural firm concept concept was originally a competition entry.

But why has WestonWilliams + partners all people tried in the Zoo of Buenos Aires? Probably because it now includes. Today in the Middle opened in the then outside nearby Palermo for more than 140 years ago, the site is located in the urban stress. Also the enclosure no longer today’s standards. The end was clear. And so there was a contest a few years ago. In connection with this, around some other interesting designs have surfaced to 2009/10.

Sophie Röcker, graduate of the Academy of fine arts in Stuttgart, for example, has the floors hers zoos fine neatly stacked. The landscape levels form a “sculptural volume”, as she explained, which adapts optimally to the climatic and landscape needs of animals.

For employees and visitors is located in the central part of the Tower, and each level is powered by economies that are built into the floor, heating and irrigation systems. Already vertical arrangement can be consider the inhabitants from different perspectives: from the bird – or low-angle shot, at eye level, or even under water.

Eco cliffs, monuments and sculptures

Other participants of in turn developed an “eco-cliff”, an eco-cliff from nets, cables and platforms that is also migratory birds in addition to a variety of Zoo inhabitants as a refuge and nesting site.


In part of their thesis, Sophie Rabie 2010 has presented its “vertical Zoo”. Photo: Sophie Rabie

Also a living monument in the form of a monolith was involved in the submissions. From the outside, it should represent a symbol of the respect for the nature, and for many residents offer home inside.