Elephant House, Zurich Zoo, Markus Schietsch Architects GmbH & Lorenz Eugster, Zurich 2014

MONKEY BUSINESS

A raft of new public-zoo projects internationally push utility and fitness for purpose to their limits, having to cater for both their animal residents and their human visitors. The days when the animal was purely an object on display are over, as small compounds have given way to new interior realms and exterior landscapes, both of which have done much to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. 

Perennially popular and increasingly designed with preservation and ethics in mind, these creatively progressive eco-cultural destinations are anything but white elephants. 

CONTENTS IN BRIEF

 
  • Event Agenda June 2016
  • Architonic Disco Copenhagen
  • Going Ape: new zoo architecture
  • Material Tendencies N°19: Odosdesign
  • Further articles from the Architonic Magazine
  • Inspiring Search Results N°53: Flowerpots/Planters
  • Inspiring Spaces N°45: Kindergartens/Day Nurseries
  • Architecture and design projects on Architonic

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Salone del Mobile 2016: RODA presents the LEAF collection
 
RODA focuses its design philosophy on new accessories, extensions of existing lines and the restyling of its iconic collections, coherently pursuing its contemporary recount of outdoor living modes, by combining used-looking materials and colours with richly textured fabrics and natural nuances.
 
Designed by Gordon Guillaumier, the LEAF coffee table line interprets this spirit with an elegant and sophisticated taste: extra-large leaf-shaped side tables designed to combine the sobriety of a painted-steel structure with precious tops, ranging from emerald to turquoise.

Architonic Disco Copenhagen

Architonic, 3 days of design and Bo Bedre join forces to host the very first Copenhagen edition of the infamous Architonic Disco on Thursday 26 May.

DJ Chrelle will be playing his coolest tracks, while the bartenders serve finest Njord Gin & Fever-Tree Tonic. There will be free shuttle boats and busses from Pakhus 48 to the Architonic Disco from 10pm to 11pm.

If you want to join us for a great night out, please drop a line to update@architonic.com.

ARCHITONIC DISCO
9PM to 2AM
THURSDAY 26 MAY 2016
WITH DJ CHRELLE
NORDRE TOLDBOD 23
1259 COPENHAGEN

GOING APE: NEW ZOO ARCHITECTURE

Text: Katharina Sommer
 
Building for zoo animals is no easy task. It means designing complex facilities to ensure that diverse species are appropriately housed, while also creating an attractive, immersive experience for visitors.
 
Bernard Tschumi Architects redesigned the Zoo of Paris-Vincennes. The animals live in environments inspired by their natural habitats
Zoos that present caged animals like museum exhibits fell out of favour long ago. Today, animals are kept in “landscapes” that are tailored to their particular needs and intended to whisk the visitor off to exotic worlds. One of the first zoos with such an artificial landscape was the zoological park in Paris-Vincennes, built in 1934. In its redesign by Bernard Tschumi Architects, which updates the original concept, the animals are set in their “natural” habitats of Europe, Madagascar, and Guyana, as well as in open expanses modelled on the Sudanese Sahelian zone and Patagonian plateau. The result is an illusion of vast wilderness in which the visitor is invited to embark on an expedition of discovery.
Bernard Tschumi Architects redesigned the Zoo of Paris-Vincennes. The animals live in environments inspired by their natural habitats
It was the German animal trader and zoo director Carl Hagenbeck who, in the early twentieth century, revolutionized zoo design. For his zoo outside of Hamburg, he had planners lay out naturalistic open-air enclosures for the animals that were surrounded by water basins and vegetation rather than visible bars. Since then, this idea has been further developed into today’s “experience enclosures” intended to “immerse” visitors in the animals’ native territory and allow them to move through it, not just peer in over the fence from outside.
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N°19: ODOSDESIGN


Architonic recently caught up with design trio Luis Calabuig, María Mengual and Ana Segovia, who together form Odosdesign. The mission of this comprehensive design agency is not only to develop long-lasting design, but also help communicate products – from the initial concept to product development and art direction.
Odosdesign: We work a lot with wood and iron. But if we had to pick one material, it would be textiles, for their versatility between fashion and technology. 
 
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KITCHEN STORIES
Text: Dominic Lutyens
Recent years have seen the kitchen become the non plus ultra of socialising spaces within the domestic sphere. Such a development is in no small part thanks to premium manufacturer ARCLINEA, which delivers kitchen environments that make you linger longer. Why bother with the rest of the house?
 
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HAVE A SEAT
Text: Dominic Lutyens
A combination of skillfully combined materials such as plastic, wood and metal make PEDRALI's contract-furniture collection functional and versatile like no other.
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THE DOORS
Text: Alyn Griffiths
Despite its longevity, Italian manufacturer ACERBIS shows no signs of resting on its laurels. Quite the opposite, in fact, as it continues to pursue tirelessly its vision for the perfect living room.
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REVOLUTIONARY CELLS
Text: Shonquis Moreno
In spite of its rich heritage, premium lighting brand REGGIANI is looking to the future, with innovation, style and dragonfly eyes...
 
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AGAINST THE GRAIN
Text: Aljoscha Weskott
Wood needs time and a deep understanding of its materiality to truly reveal its innate beauty. TRAPA invests not only these, but also top-notch craftsmanship, in its products, which marry the contemporary and the functional with the compellingly tactile.
 
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INSPIRING SEARCH RESULTS N°53:

Garden Furnishings - Planting - Flowerpots/Planters

ALL SEARCH RESULTS ON ARCHITONIC

INSPIRING SPACES N°45:

Projects - Architecture - Kindergartens / Day Nurseries 


 
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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PROJECTS ON ARCHITONIC
COBE COPENHAGEN
Frederiksvej Kindergarten
Copenhagen | Denmark | Completed 2015
Photographer: © Rasmus Hjortshøj

 
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MLRP
Mirror House
Copenhagen | Denmark | Completed 2011
Photographer:
© Stamers Kontor
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DORTE MANDRUP ARKITEKTER 
Ama'r Children's Culture House
Copenhagen | Denmark | Completed 2013
Photographer:
© Jens Markus Lindhe
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TRADITIONALLY MODERN
 
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