Pachyderms Exhibit for Rotterdam Zoo

Diergaarde Blijdorp
Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands

Pachyderms exhibit

At Rotterdam Zoo, the Pachyderms exhibit of the monumental Rivièra hall designed by architect Sybold Van Ravesteyn in 1939 has been renovated. This part of the building is home to the pygmy hippopotamus and the black rhinoceros (diceros bicornis).

During the renovation of one of the monumental landmarks of the zoo, a balance had to be found between preserving its monumental appearance and creating a modern pachyderms enclosure. Reducing energy costs and water consumption was another important issue.

A lot of effort was put in restoring the large open spaces by just cleaning up later build in structures. A few new interventions were necessary to make the complex modern and functional again. The new elements were all designed as additions to the original architecture, in style loosely connected but contrasting in color and material.

The former elephant habitat, outside of the pachyderms wing, was redesigned as a new landscape for the rhinoceroses.

The design team consists of Siebold Nijenhuis Architect, Broekbakema and Kees Rouw. The project is realized in summer 2013.

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