Pachyderm house Tierpark Berlin – Germany

Design competition

Out of a large number of applicants the team of Lionhouse Architects was selected as one of four to enter the 2nd round of the international design competitition to redesign the existing pachyderm house of Tierpark Berlin. In addition to Lionhouse – as the architecture firm with zoo experience – the team consisted of GKKK – a German architecture firm – and Thijs de Zeeuw – landscape architect.


The 4 remaining teams were asked to present a concept to redevelop the existing pachyderm house of approx. 6800 m2 to meet the modern standards of animal husbandry. The proposal of team Lionhouse included improved animal welfare conditions for the African and Asian elephants, Caribbean manatees and Indian Rhino’s. Concrete is replaced for an environment that resembles their natural habitat. The lack of daylight has been addressed by replacing the existing roof for a ETFE deck with maximum transparency and the area of the exhibits have been enlarged by reducing the visitor space. And although reduced, the remaining visitor space offers a better experience by the immersive design of the new pachyderm house.


The jury was very positive about the proposed interventions, although the contract was finally awarded to one of the other teams.

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