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Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 30, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments

Wellington Zoo, adaptive reuse, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, recycled materials, earth construction, rammed earth walls, daylighting, natural ventilation, small environmental impact, Assembly Architects, Wellington Zoo, New Zealand [1]

Tasked with this challenging adaptive reuse project [2], Assembly Architects was careful to minimize their environmental impact [3] by using the earth excavated in the marquee’s walls and the pathway leading to it. The tuck shop replaces an earlier building that was insufficiently equipped for the task of feeding visitors, but the new space has a transparent roof, public and private space, and even some reptiles!

But the new pavilion is perhaps what impressed New Zealand judges the most. The goal for the elongated shelter was “to build an arched roof made out of the repetition of a single element,” according to the design brief. “Scaled up, each element is stamped out of aluminum and then rolled in two directions. Each piece is joined at the hip to one piece and at the neck to another. Horizontal threaded rods hold the structure in place and stop it distorting.”

The shelter was assembled horizontally and then wrapped in a plastic membrane that permits natural light [4] and breathing room, while also protecting against inclement weather. At night, the setting sun casts enigmatic showers on the walls, enlivening what was once a vibrant zoo that appears to be undergoing something of an identity shift.

+ Assembly Architects [5]

Via Bustler [6]

Photos by Mike Heydon

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[2] adaptive reuse project: http://inhabitat.com/tag/adaptive-reuse/

[3] environmental impact: http://inhabitat.com/tag/small-environmental-footprint/

[4] natural light: http://inhabitat.com/tag/natural-daylight/

[5] + Assembly Architects: http://assemblyarchitects.com/2011/09/25/kamalas-pavilion-and-zoo-hub-at-wellington-zoo/

[6] Bustler: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_of_the_2013_new_zealand_architecture_awards/

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