31 July 2014

A Zoo Redesign That Promises Freest Possible Environment For Animals

The architects over at Bjarke Ingels Group have unveiled their latest concept, which is a redesign of the Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

Named ‘Zootopia’, the 1.2 million-square-foot area is set to have a futuristic theme and a looped-structure made up of three continental areas—Asia, Africa and America.

The architects want to “integrate and hide” the animal shelters within the landscape in an effort to preserve the animals’ natural surroundings as much as possible.

Visitors can also enjoy looking at the animals without disturbing them because of the subtle facilities built into the landscape.

The entrance and center of the zoo is a large, circular area where the ticketing office, restaurants and restrooms are located at. Pathways leading to the three main areas can be accessed from this area.

An interesting aspect of the concept zoo is a large spherical glass ball that hangs over the animals’ enclosures. It is inspired by cable cars but they are still working on that idea.

Phase one of the redesign is expected to be completed in 2019.

Check out the artist’s impressions of the zoo below:

[via Gizmodo, images from Bjarke Ingels Group]