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Lions and tigers enclosure at the Wuppertal Zoo

The Zoo’s character as a kind of landscape park is being emphasized and developed. Through improvement of the existing vegetation’s shaping, former view corridors are once again accentuated. The depression, which used to be cut off by the existing railroad embankment, is being generously extended and runs beneath the future "Sambabrücke" (Samba Bridge). The "Sambastrasse" (Samba Street) becomes an integral part of the new landscape. Fences and barriers are arranged in an unobtrusive manner, in order to emphasize the remarkable impression of the predator enclosure, even while just passing by. The "Zooturm" (Zoo Tower) is immediately visible after entering the Zoo from the "Wiesental" and is the zoo’s centre of orientation and an attraction. The vivarium is designed as a "Felswald" (rock forest). The lion enclosure is giving the impression of a wide and open savanna.
project data

location: Wuppertal
client: City of Wuppertal
area: 5.1 ha
competition (1. prize): 2003
completion: 2008
partners: rohdecan architekten GmbH / Heinle, Wischer und Partner