Britain’s first ‘walk through’ experience will be renovated by ‘Foster and Partners’
Foster and Partners were chosen as the architects to renovate the famous ‘Snowdon Aviary’ . The structure which lies at the ZSL London Zoo was originally designed by Cedric Price, Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon. It was Britain’s first aviary with a ‘walk through’ experience offering one of a kind experience that is close to the birds and their habitat. The renovated structure will offer a new passage through the habitat of the ‘Colobus monkeys’.
“We are honoured and delighted to be working on the redevelopment of the Snowdon Aviary – a rare example of a completed work by Cedric Price. I also have a particular personal affection for it as it shows most strongly the influence of our mutual friend and mentor Buckminster Fuller. The redevelopment of the aviary is a unique opportunity to preserve this exceptional structure and the legacy of pioneering architecture at ZSL London Zoo. It will be a great privilege to be able to contribute to the tradition of contemporary architectural additions at one of London’s most cherished institutions.” Says Norman Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners.
“ZSL London Zoo is an unusual microcosm of British architectural history. Since its earliest days, it has been a proud patron to many leading architects, and is today home to many notable works of architecture. Decimus Burton, who designed the Clock Tower and Giraffe House in the mid-1800s; Tecton, who were responsible for the Grade I listed Penguin Pool and Round House gorilla enclosure in the 1960s; Sir Hugh Casson and Neville Condor, architects of the Elephant House during the same period; have all contributed to this extraordinary collection of pioneering structures at the Zoo.” Foster + Partners.