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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.

Renovation and Extension of the Zurich Zoo Foyer by L3P Architekten

 
November 1st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: L3P Architekten

The Zurich Zoo, situated on Zurichberg overlooking Zurich, is one of the most visited sights in Zurich. Due to the continual growing number of visitors, the entrance foyer was re-structured and adapted to current needs. In this process, the need to react subtly to the standing foyer, an excellent project from Dürig Architects in 1999, was applied. A complex, merged facility, embracing diverse areas such as the forecourt, counters, visitors’ centre, Zoo Shop, Zoo Café, volunteers’ centre and also including the station for the new zoo tram was realized in an all-out operation.

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

  • Architects: L3P Architekten
  • Project: Renovation and Extension of the Zurich Zoo Foyer
  • Location: Zürichbergstrasse 221, 8044 Zurich
  • Photography: Sabrina Scheja
  • Landscape Gardener: VetschpartnerLandscape Gardeners
  • Engineer: Freihofer& Partner
  • Building Physics: WichserAcustic&Building Physics
  • Electro-engineer: Schmidiger + Rosasco
  • Sanitary Engineering: GRP Engineers
  • HLKK-Engineer: Ahochn
  • Interior Design Zoo Shop: Decoris GmbH
  • Completion: Spring 2014

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

With flowing forms the new foyer respectfully orientates itself to the pre-existing structures. Curved walls, display windows and rooves combine in spectacular rolling lines. The flowing forms and a selective light design were implemented intentionally to quickly and intuitively guide the arriving visitors.

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Great merit was given to authentic materials in the interior. An especially developed acoustic panel, made from packaging plywood, was put to use in the counter and visitors’ centre area. The natural grain reminding one of animal fur was superimposed with animalistic textures derived from irregularly drilled holes. Thus the guest is presented with an exciting backdrop which is emotionally at tuned with the world of the zoo.

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

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Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

Image Courtesy © Sabrina Scheja

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Image Courtesy © L3P Architects

Image Courtesy © L3P Architects

Image Courtesy © L3P Architects

Image Courtesy © L3P Architects

Image Courtesy © L3P Architects

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