BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover to offer
"freest possible environment" for animals

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News: Danish firm BIG has unveiled a vision for the future of Denmark's Givskud Zoo where animals and humans "co-exist", and all the architecture is hidden within the topography (+ slideshow).

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

Named Zootopia, the proposal reimagines the 1960s zoo and safari park in central Jutland as a continuous landscape of forests, savannahs and rivers that centre around a sunken courtyard of visitors' facilities.



"It is our dream – with Givskud – to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals' lives and relationships with each other and visitors," said BIG, the office led by architect Bjarke Ingels.

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

The park will be separated into three zones, dedicated to the continents of Asia, Africa and America. Within each of these, animal habitats will be designed to look like natural features, rather than copies of vernacular buildings.

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

"We would like to build homes for the animals that are both tailor-made especially for them and at the same time have the qualities from their original surroundings," said the studio.

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

For pandas these will take the form of bamboo boxes, while bear enclosures will be made up of piles of lumber and the elephant house will comprise a small hill of rice fields.

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

BIG also proposes "savannah craters" to accommodate animals such as giraffes and zebras, as well as a "lion hill" and a "penguin rock enclosure".

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

"We hope that we could enhance the quality of life for the animals as well as the keepers and guests, but also discover ideas and opportunities that we will be able to transfer back into the urban jungle," said the team.

"Who knows perhaps a rhino can teach us something about how we live - or could live in the future?"

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

The sunken courtyard will accommodate ticket desks, restaurants, a shop and toilets, and will also frame the entrances to each zone.

A four-kilometre trail will also circle the entire site, offering a hiking or cycling route for visitors.

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover Zootopia to offer "freest possible environment" for animals
Site plan – click for larger image
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Concept diagram
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Elephant rice field enclosure
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Savannah Crater Lodges
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Safari crater enclosure
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Penguin rock enclosure
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Lion hill enclosure
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Panda bamboo cottages
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Bear lumber enclosure and huts

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  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    As VR technology becomes more ubiquitous, perhaps zoos would try to implement more strategies to get the visitors as close to the animals as possible; which will be something of a double-edge sword, since even more unpredictable than wild animals, are the human visitors themselves…

  • Guest

    The concept diagram for Zootopia appears to involve being eaten by lions.

  • Colonel Pancake

    I hate BIG, but this is the typology of architecture they’re perfect for since it doesn’t need to be tasteful.

  • Kris

    A zoo is still a zoo.

  • ankit bhargava

    Just about to say that. Haha. Yes, but a zoo is a zoo is a zoo is a zoo!

  • ss_sk

    But isn’t this the ultimate wildlife experience?

  • robert

    I’ll take a good old fashioned invisibility cloak and wander the Serengeti anytime over that bowl.

    Actually, I very much appreciate the diagram to cage the visitor and free the animal. However, other than arriving at feeding time, you will not get very close to any animals in this design. While the path probably offers more probability, it could be a long walk with nothing in sight.

    At least the animals will not be pacing back and forth…

  • big kardashians

    Banal and highly typical of the “I have a great idea” project as 90% of BIG’s projects. Diagrams are ridiculous since you can do it on any project and it would have the same effect. This is not a project to be published worldwide, there are plenty of students projects that sort out each day better than this!