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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

AUCKLAND ZOO in New Zealand by Monk Mackenzie with Glamuzina Patterson

 
June 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Monk Mackenzie with Glamuzina Patterson

Due to expanding giraffe numbers the Auckland Zoo needed a new a giraffe breeding shelter; essentially a functional oversized shed with two dens and a keeper area.

The design team responded to the brief by proposing a shelter that assumed an understated external appearance, whose mass was playfully broken down with intersecting roof forms that articulated the junction between the two dens whilst accentuating the collision of human and giraffe scales.

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

  • Architects: Monk Mackenzie with Glamuzina Patterson
  • Project: AUCKLAND ZOO
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Photography: Jonny Davis, Mark Smith
  • DESIGN TEAM: Hamish Monk, Aaron Paterson, Dominic Glamuzina, Miguel Machado
  • CLIENT: Auckland Zoo
  • CLIENT REPRESENTATIVE: Carl Milner & Michael Batty
  • COMPLETED: 2013
  • CONTRACTOR: Mainzeal with Tadem Construction
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Steve Dwyer, Thorne Dwyer Structures
  • QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Paul Ranum, Mallard, Cooke & Brown

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Studies were made through section of the internal volumes to accommodate a number of functional and operational overlaps, and the disparity in scale of its occupants.

The floor to ceiling rises from 3 to 10 meters, with humans entering into the keeper’s area at the low point of the roof. The elevations were a key formal driver of the design with careful consideration given the proportions of the 6 metre doors with integrated human door and clerestory windows.

Image Courtesy © Mark Smith

Image Courtesy © Mark Smith

Flexibility was a primary objective of the shelter – due to the changing functional and physiological needs of the giraffe. Moveable doors and walls allow the space to be transformed. The four sliding exterior doors open to different yards that can be configured to allow for separate roaming areas for the giraffes. Keepers and vets use the mezzanine level to observe and interact with the giraffes. It also allows for small visitor groups to safely view the giraffes.

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Working to a tight budget, the view was taken that a unique, fit for purpose shelter could be produced using a simple, reduced palette of locally sourced materials and vernacular construction methodologies.

Image Courtesy © Mark Smith

Image Courtesy © Mark Smith

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Image Courtesy © Jonny Davis

Image Courtesy © Mark Smith

Image Courtesy © Mark Smith

Image Courtesy © Monk Mackenzie with Glamuz

Image Courtesy © Monk Mackenzie with Glamuz

Image Courtesy © Monk Mackenzie with Glamuz

Image Courtesy © Monk Mackenzie with Glamuz

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