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Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest / Hassell

  • 01:00 - 30 July, 2010
Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest / Hassell
Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest / Hassell, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Adelaide SA, Australia
  • Architects

    Hassell
  • Project Team

    Sharon Mackay, Timothy Horton, Nicholas Persons, Alex Hall, Ed Mitchell, Andrew Schunke, John Wright, Josh Palmer, Amy Reed, Hugh Fraser, Maciek Furmanik, Mariano DeDuonni, Sam Wee, Meaghan Williams, David Bills, Yi Kai Lim
  • Client

    Zoos SA
  • Main Contractor

    Hindmarsh
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. Project Team: Sharon Mackay, Timothy Horton, Nicholas Persons, Alex Hall, Ed Mitchell, Andrew Schunke, John Wright, Josh Palmer, Amy Reed, Hugh Fraser, Maciek Furmanik, Mariano DeDuonni, Sam Wee, Meaghan Williams, David Bills, Yi Kai Lim

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest, designed by HASSELL, is one of the world’s leading exhibits for the iconic and endangered giant panda species. The design of the Panda Forest embodies the Zoo’s core principles of environment, education, conservation and research and redefines the concept of a zoo in the 21st century – as a contemporary conservation organisation with vital breeding and research programs.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

In 2007, Adelaide Zoo was entrusted with the care of two giant pandas – Wang Wang and Funi – for a period of 10 years.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

Soon after, HASSELL was honoured to be chosen to design their new home – the first in the southern hemisphere and only the eighth exhibit in the world.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

Early in the design process HASSELL toured four of the seven existing exhibits with the Adelaide Zoo team and tested the brief against world’s best practice. Understanding the behavioural characteristics of the giant pandas was critical to designing an immersive environment that allows the animals to behave as they would in the wild.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The resulting architecture and landscape responds to the pandas’ native Chinese heritage within an Australian context. A series of ‘pavilions’ in the landscape frame a changing relationship between the public and the giant pandas, providing alternating views of landscape, animal behaviour and habitat.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The new exhibit is integrated with the existing pathway network of the Zoo, providing an accessible and attractive journey through the enclosure and implicitly reinforcing conservation messages. Seating, shade trees and pavilions provide opportunities to contemplate the environment and conservation information.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

The 3,000 square metre exhibit balances the need to provide the pandas with choices, comfort and stimuli while providing management flexibility for keepers and excellent viewing access for visitors.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

A multi-species exhibit, the enclosure houses the male and female giant panda as well as up to three pairs of red pandas and mandarin ducks. The pandas have access to two 600 square metre outdoor exhibits as well as air-conditioned day rooms. The holding building sets new standards for the management of giant pandas and provides the keepers with flexibility and control. The holding building houses a research facility for 24-hour Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and observation.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

A range of design features have been used to enrich the environment, particularly focusing on climate control. Chilled rocks, streams and waterfalls for bathing, mature shade trees for climbing, and glass reinforced concrete caves for shade and shelter create a comfortable and stimulating environment for the animals.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

A central glazed axis provides public views of research, food preparation and holding facilities. The sheltered public viewing terrace incorporates a giant underslung bamboo canopy and large sliding screens to accommodate crowds and manage privacy.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

Collaboration and wide consultation was vital to the success of the exhibit. The Zoo’s specialist keepers, vets, visitor experience and interpretation experts collaborated to develop functional requirements for the exhibit in the absence of formal standards for this type of facility.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

As well as the wildlife conservation objectives, the Zoo also aspired to demonstrate environmentally sustainable outcomes within the built environment.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

Solar orientation was an imperative factor in site planning to maximise the opportunities for the giant pandas to use the external exhibits. The exhibit incorporates several sustainable practices including green roofs and appropriate material selection. The day room floor consists of ‘deep litter’ mulch – an innovative composting technique that removes the need for wash down and wasteful water use. Dayrooms are double glazed, and ‘close down’ to the east and west to reduce heat load. ‘Block work’ and concrete construction provide thermal mass to maintain temperature control.

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The resilient exhibit can be retro fitted to accommodate other bear species and is designed to be flexible to accommodate improvements in animal husbandry, refurbishing of the landscape and the changing needs of the Zoo.

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A Chinese government delegation who recently visited the Giant Panda Forest described the exhibit as “the world’s leading exhibit” for these iconic and endangered animals.

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South Australia · December 09, 2010

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Todra Payne · December 08, 2010

I love pandas. These guys got a modern home built just for them. http://ow.ly/3lF8H

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m · August 02, 2010

Does anyone else think it's a bit ironic that Pandas eat bamboos and the building is cladded in bamboo? must be a torture for the pandas to see all the yummy food on the other side of the opti-white clear glass...

DreamSpaces Girl · August 10, 2010 04:12 PM

i suppose that the pandas are treated very well. And well feeded... So i dont think this is a torture for them, they dont need the bamboo that is in the house... btw a "new fresh" bamboo is much more tasty than the other, lol

Robin Brittain · August 02, 2010

Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda Forest Home: Series of Pavilions, including Bamboo Canopy & Siding Screen: http://bit.ly/9JTS6h

Allen Nyhuis · August 01, 2010

Very impressive! I'd love to get over there to see this zoo, and this exhibit, for myself.

Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America's Best Zoos

widhi nugroho · July 31, 2010

I love the bamboos for ceiling and walls...
but I think the design of the facade is similar/close to Kengo Kuma project at China. Great (bamboo) Wall; http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/...

raj · July 31, 2010

nice project..................saving the nature

dashen · July 31, 2010

Nice project.

Miyo Fallshaw · July 31, 2010

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