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Elephant House Zoo Zürich by MSA

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Swiss firm Markus Schietsch Architekten (MSA) has designed a new elephant house in Zürich Zoo. Completed in 2014, the Elephant House Zoo Zürich measures 8,440m² (90,847ft²).

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.

— MSA

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Photographs by Andreas Buschmann, Dominique Wehrli
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