ZSL Elephant & Rhino House / Casson Pavilion _ Adaptation
New pedestrian bridges within the Grade II* listed Casson building at London Zoo, that enable visitors to cross over the original elephant and rhino ditches to the ‘clearings-in-the-glade’ chambers, that temporarily housed small mammals (pigmy marmosets, sloths and birds).
Substantial structures, but a light touch on the existing listed building itself.
We found it an extraordinary building to work with. Materials: Gluelam beams, tensioned stainless steel cables, hemlock handrails.
Original building: RIBA award for the best building in London 1965. Hugh Casson, Neville Condor & Partners.