Thuringia Zoo Erfurt, Germany, New Lemurs` Enclosure

Thüringer Zoopark Erfurt, Germany
  • Architectural Work
    Performance / Services: 2 - 8
03 / 2012
Gross floor area:
208 qm
Cooperation with Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten, Dresden, Germany
From Human to Animal
The draft concept of the “Lemurs‘ Forest“ takes visitors to the seemingly natural habitat of the animals. The house is in the facility‘s background and is integrated with the landscape in form and color. One path runs underneath tree crowns, while a treetop bridge lets visitors navigate around the tree branches. The climbing facilities are there not just for the lemurs. Children and adults alike can follow the example of monkeys and climb, move hand over hand and swing.

There is an old lime tree on the property, and it marks a special site: the so-called “Lemurs‘ Glades“. From there runs a slightly-inclining path between two open-air enclosures, taking the guests to the “visitors‘ cave“ at the building. It is protected from the elements and provides an unobstructed view into the enclosure or the feed kitchen. The lighting from the sky-lights creates the impression that the animals live under the open sky.