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WORKSHOP / Build, draw & learn – zoo animals

In the workshop Build, draw & learn – zoo animals, you are going to design zoo architecture taking into account the animal’s special needs with inspiration from The Elephant House in Copenhagen Zoo by Sir Norman Foster.

How do you design for animals in a zoo? When you design for a special user, the most important thing is to find out what needs your animal has – in this case, a zoo animal.

Zoo architecture can be found from various different periods, each with its own view on animal welfare. In older zoo designs, there was typically more focus on the visitor’s ability to experience the animal than the wellbeing of the animal. Often the animals were kept in cages, making it possible for children and adults to get close to the animals. In modern zoo designs there is much more emphasis on the animal’s needs for light, air, and space – and this you can experience in the architecture.



Target group from 8 years
Number of participants 12 maximum
Duration 2 hours
Price 5500 DKK excl. materials and transport
Educators My Little Architect – the architects maa Malene Abildgaard og Julie Dufour

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Photo Jens Hemmel/Julie Dufour