Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands
New kudu stable and bush pig exhibit
The existing stable is a design of Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn who designed the old central part of the Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo in 1939 and it is one of the many listed buildings.
This stable was formerly used as an indoor habitat for different species. It was Blijdorps wish to open the building for the public by cutting a public footpath through the building. This path is an important part the African area of the zoo so the choice for kudus as the new residents was easily made.
The stable itself was completely restored in its original state; the curved pitched roof got new ceramic tiles, the paintwork is renewed and important details are restored. On the inside only a large glass party wall separates the visitors from the kudus. It is almost as if you are standing inside their habitat with them.
The design team consists of Siebold Nijenhuis Architect, Broekbakema and Kees Rouw. The project is realized in spring 2015.