Monk Mackenzie and Glamuzina Patterson joined forces to design the new Giraffe House at Auckland Zoo in New Zealand. The angular giraffe breeding shelter will provide living quarters for the animals and their zookeepers. The building is broken down into two distinct volumes with slanted roofs that accentuate the collision of human and giraffe scales.
The entrance to the shelter is marked by a bright yellow door set in one of the lower sections of the black-stained timber façade, which shelters an oversized shed with two dens and a keeper area. The floor to ceiling shelter rises from 3 to 10 meters, with the keeper’s area located at the low point of the roof.
Thanks to the movable doors and walls, the space can be transformed and opens up towards different parts of the yard. Hinged sections can be swung open so that the long-necked animals can pop their heads outside. Keepers and vets use the mezzanine level to observe and interact with the animals.
The building was constructed at a low cost-one of the main requirements set by the Zoo-which is why architects used locally sourced materials and vernacular construction methodologies. Head on over if you get the chance.