A wild zoo in Antwerp’s city center

Featuring a restaurant and an anviary, the zoo extension by Studio Farris Architects leads visitors into the wild nature.

Studio Farris Architects, Ristorante e voliera allo zoo di Anversa, Belgio, 2017

The main driving concept for designing this unconventional zoo was enhancing the visitor experience, and putting it at the center of a unique spatial narrative that leads from the city into wilderness. Studio Farris Architects’ intervention defines the eastern boundary of the zoo, in continuity with its historical perimeter wall.

On the zoo side, the facade opens up to the main plaza: a major gathering space, sheltered by a series of square canopies, overlapping one another, supported by slender columns that stem from the restaurant’s building and face the historical pavilions, where visitors may linger and enjoy unobstructed views to the apes’ enclosure on one side and to the savannah, with its buffalos and birds, to the other.

The building that hosts the restaurant is apparently understated in its elevation, that defines a very ample window opening towards the inner space of the zoo. In plan, however, it reveals a more distinct character and a rather complex geometry is revealed that expresses the multiple relations and interconnections with the tensile lightweight structures built around it.

Img.10 Studio Farris Architects, New restaurant and aviary at the Antwerp Zoo, Belgium, 2017
Above: Studio Farris Architects, New restaurant and aviary at the Antwerp Zoo, Belgium, 2017. Photo Toon Grobet. Image on top: photo Koen Van Damme
New restaurant and aviary at the Antwerp Zoo
Studio Farris Architects
Officium, Close to bone
10,000 sqm

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