A+ Firm of the Year Award-winning architects BIG have created a design for a "zootopia" for the Givskud Zoo in central Denmark. The design concept seeks to rethink the zoo experience by uniting people and animals, and providing a more natural and free environment for the fauna while maintaining a full international zoo.
The design is a hybrid of a traditional zoo and a safari, but aims to reinvent the way we “zoo” by removing all the physical partitions and cages used in traditional zoos.
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The design scheme is a series of sinuous pathways through the habitats of the animals. The paths then converge in a central plaza that is circular and intended to serve as an extension of the city into the zoo.
Several modes of transport will take visitors through the zootopia, including by bike, on foot, by car, by boat, and even by helicopter for an aerial perspective. There are three geographical zones in the design: Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In these landscapes, the animals' shelters will be integrated into the terrain and landscaping.
Bamboo cottages for pandas, a timber hideaway for bears, and other natural habitats make the animals feel comfortable, and enhance the visitors’ views. The surfaces of vehicles will also be mirrored, in order to reflect the surroundings and not disturb the animals.