Gallery: Buenos Aires’ Bioparque Temaikén Boasts the Largest Aviary in ...

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Here at Inhabitat we prefer seeing animals roam wild and free, but for species at risk, rescued from the black market, or born under captivity, a well-looked-after biopark is not a bad home. Less than an hour away from Buenos Aires' capital is Bioparque Temaikén, a luscious green space that opened in 2002 and holds around 200 species that live comfortably in a replica of their natural environment. We recently took a tour with Temaikén´s Architectural Manager Guillermo Musante, who kindly showed us the fantastic open-air Aviary and talked about the park's aims: to preserve, investigate, and promote good care of local animals and plants while contributing to kids' education.

Temaikén’s Aviary is the biggest in South America and holds around 2,500 birds that live inside and outside the big net structures. Visitors can walk through the Aviary´s path to see the birds in their own continent´s environments. Hampton-Rivoria Architects designed the 40-foot high Aviary, which is features a triangular-section stainless steel bridge and a strong high-tech Invisinet.

Once a flat pampa landscape, the biopark is now a lush habitat complete with local plants, materials and landscapes to make animals feel a little bit at home. Designed by renowned local graphic designer firm Shakespear Studio, the signage can be understood by non-readers and shows each animal´s conservation status. The concrete path along the biopark was tastefully decorated with plant imprints and footprints (which are made with a stamp and not by walking ducks through concrete!)

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