Collaborators: Urban Initiatives, Arterial Design
Builder: Lloyd Group
Photos: Drew Echberg
The new Lemur exhibit at the Melbourne Zoo, a project undertaken in collaboration with Urban Initiatives (Landscape Architects) and Arterial Design (Interpretive Designers), is an example of Architecture contributing to the delivery of a contemporary Zoo experience. The existing Rainforest Trail now has a high impact entry exhibit, where visitors and Lemurs interact in an up close and personal environment.
The steel structures, 7 pods in all and each slightly different, were fabricated and woven with rattan in a factory off site then craned into position on their unconventional steel platform base. Accessed by a boardwalk and bridge, the Tree House is the elevated vantage point from which visitors view the lemurs in their surrounding habitat.