The project was built in collaboration between the Melbourne Zoo, Urban Initiatives as landscape architects and Arterial Design as interpretive designers. The exiting rainforest trail was complemented with a walk-through exhibit that includes an opportunity for visitors and lemurs to interact. The Tree House also acts as an exit point from the area where Lemurs and visitors share the same space.
The pods are nestled together with support structure made from black structural steel and recycled timber. Their sides are woven from rattan and have an organic appearance that blends into the natural environment. The new exhibit reuses the existing, defunct one, including a moat altered to accommodate a new waterway. Used materials are easily maintained and their recycling contributes to the project’s overall sustainability.
Images © Drew Echberg