Elephant House Zoo Zürich / Markus Schietsch Architekten

Elephant House Zoo Zürich / Markus Schietsch Architekten

© Andreas Buschmann © Andreas Buschmann © Andreas Buschmann © Andreas Buschmann + 14

Zoo  · 
Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Markus Schietsch Architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    8440.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    ADLER, Sika
  • General Planners

    cga gmbH, Winterthur | BGS Architekten, Rapperswil

  • Photographs

  • Construction Management

    Fischer Architekten AG, Zürich | BGS Architekten, Rapperswil
  • Landscape Architect

    Eugster Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH, Zürich
Vetsch Partner Landschaftsarchitekten AG, Zürich
  • Structural Engineers

    Walt + Galmarini AG, Zürich

  • Technical Services

    TriAir Consulting AG, Jona
  • Electrical Engineers

    Schmidiger + Rosasco AG, Zürich

  • Light Design

    Bartenbach Lichtlabor AG, Innsbruck
  • Timber Construction/Facade

    ARGE Elefantenpark Holzbau, Implenia Schweiz AG Holzbau , STRABAG AG Holzbau
  • Panel Construction/Facade Construction

    MERK Timber GmbH, Züblin Holzingenieurbau
  • Fastening Solutions/Screws

    SFS intec AG
  • Air Cushion

    Vector Foiltec GmbH, D-28717 Bremen
  • Client

    Zoo Zürich AG
  • Cost

    57.0 Mio SFr
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© Dominique Wehrli
© Dominique Wehrli

Text description provided by the architects. The new elephant house in Zürich Zoo is embedded in the extensive landscape of the newly designed Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The characteristic element of the new elephant house is its striking wooden roof which blends into the landscape as a shallow free-form shell-structure. The roof dissolves into a transparent mazelike structure that establishes an organic relationship to the surrounding forest. In the interior the roof unfolds its atmospheric effect: as if through a canopy of trees the sunlight filters through the intricate roof structure generating constantly changing light atmospheres.

© Andreas Buschmann
© Andreas Buschmann

The roof is designed as a shallow, free-spanning wooden shell. Prefabricated triple-layer panels were bent on-site into their form and nailed up. The openings were cut out on-site from the massive wooden shell. The continuously changing façade structure consists of lamellas that seemingly grow up to the edge of the roof as an organically shaped band indicating the loadbearing areas.


The iconographic shell of the roof together with the dynamic façade form an atmospheric envelope and pictographic “Nature-Construction” concentrating the essence of the design into a symbiosis between architecture and landscape.

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Project location

Address: Zürichbergstrasse 221, 8044 Zürich

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Elephant House Zoo Zürich / Markus Schietsch Architekten" 27 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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