Wellington Zoo Hub
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 roong membrane by a company in Palmerston North and the structural metal elements by a Wellington rm whose core business is manufacturing re engines. And the Zoo Hub’s design allows for – although does not encourage – its eventual deconstruction.