Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will expand the Givskud Zoo in Denmark to create what the architecture firm calls “the best … and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors.”
The proposed design for the project, known as Zootopia, will integrate and hide buildings as much as possible in the landscape. “We would like to build homes for the animals that are both tailor-made especially for them and at the same time have the qualities from their original surroundings,” according to a project statement.
The circular arrival building wraps around itself to form a natural entrance gate. Upon entering the zoo, visitors can climb up the arrival structure to catch an overview of the park or walk straight into the central square. A two-and-a-half-mile hike traverses the three sections of the zoo, divided by each continent they represent.
“We hope that we could both enhance the quality of life for the animals as well as the keepers and guests,” BIG stated, “but indeed also to discover ideas and opportunities that we will be able to transfer back into the urban jungle.”