Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands
Design proposal for the redevelopment of the predator house
The predator house was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn in 1939 and is a listed building. It will be renewed and will house a gelada baboon colony in the nearby future. The proposal is based on the idea of a mutual roof for both monkeys and visitors. In this way the visitors can come as close as possible and watch them without any visual bariers. The monumental building will be the playground of the animals and creates a suitable background at the same time.
A large self-supporting bamboo dome is placed over the existing building to create a covered outdoor habitat. The entrance is positioned under the roof on the main axis of the Rotterdam Zoo. The characteristic historical chimney clad with lemon-yellow tiles runs trough the new dome and stands out as the landmark of the project.
The design team consists of Siebold Nijenhuis Architect, Broekbakema and Kees Rouw.