The Tree House provides the playful focal point for the fully immersive Lemur exhibit experience. It functions as the necessary “airlock” providing a staged exit for visitors leaving the aviary where Lemurs and visitors share the same space.
Contrasting with the preceding experience of complete immersion, it provides a sheltered and contained space with elevated, curated views over the exhibit.
The Tree House design is a collection of similar geometric “pods”, nestled together so that no two pods are the same. The pods were fabricated and woven in pieces off-site and craned into their final position.
The material palette is restrained and sympathetic to the Lemurs’ rainforest landscape; matt black structural steel and recycled timbers complement the rich, organic weave of the rattan walls.
Lemur Exhibit, Melbourne Zoo, Australia
Architect: Snowdon Architects
Collaborators: Urban Initiatives (Landscape Architects), Arterial Design (Interpretive Designers)
Contractor: Lloyd Group
Exhibit area: 2,090 sqm
Built area: 135 sqm
Completion: December 2013