Welling­ton Zoo Hub

Element - - Architecture -

What’s ‘sus­tain­able’ about this build­ing, an ad­di­tion fea­tur­ing a mar­quee that shel­ters vis­i­tors to Welling­ton Zoo and houses the in­evitable cor­po­rate func­tions? For a start, Assem­bly Ar­chi­tects have re-pur­posed an ex­ist­ing build­ing – the old Elephant House – and de­signed a new struc­ture framed with 100 per cent re­cy­clable alu­minium and walled with rammed earth. The ma­te­ri­als were lo­cally made, the rooŽng mem­brane by a com­pany in Palmer­ston North and the struc­tural me­tal el­e­ments by a Welling­ton Žrm whose core busi­ness is man­u­fac­tur­ing Žre en­gines. And the Zoo Hub’s de­sign al­lows for – although does not en­cour­age – its even­tual deconstruction.

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