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The Antwerp Zoo

January 2018, design architect: Studio Farris Architects

The Antwerp Zoo is located in the center of Antwerp (Belgium), right next to the Antwerp Central Railway station. It is one of the oldest animal parks in the world.

A new masterplan for the whole park had to be designed. Including the development of a new restaurant.

The project was completed in June 2017. The main driving concept for designing this unconventional intervention was enhancing the visitor experience, and putting it at the center of a unique spatial narrative that leads from the city into wilderness.

“I remember visiting the zoo some years ago and eating at the restaurant there. The experience was one of detachment from nature. With our project, we aimed at delivering an innovative visitor experience. We want visitors to feel close to the birds, apes and buffalos in their natural habitat,” says architect Giuseppe Farris.

 

Completed in June 2017, the new facilities in the Antwerp Zoo have recorded increasing visitor numbers, the public being especially enthusiastic about their unusual zoo experience. Studio Farris and its consultants were able to effectively respond to the complex needs of the animals, visitors and commercial operations of the zoo.

 

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