German landscape architect Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten has designed the Zoological Garden Wuppertal. The Zoo’s character as a kind of landscape park is being emphasized and developed. Through improvement of the existing vegetation’s shaping, former view corridors are once again accentuated.
The depression, which used to be cut off by the existing railroad embankment, is being generously extended and runs beneath the future “Sambabrücke” (Samba Bridge). The “Sambastrasse” (Samba Street) becomes an integral part of the new landscape. Fences and barriers are arranged in an unobtrusive manner, in order to emphasize the remarkable impression of the predator enclosure, even while just passing by.
The “Zooturm” (Zoo Tower) is immediately visible after entering the Zoo from the “Wiesental” and is the zoo’s centre of orientation and an attraction. The tiger vivarium is designed as a “Felswald” (rock forest). The lion enclosure is giving the impression of a wide and open savanna. Baobab and peek rock offer various perspectives on the animals.
+ Project credits / data
Client: Wuppertal Facility Management, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany
Design: Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten | http://www.rehwaldt.de/
In collaboration with:
Rohdecan architekten, Dresden
Heinle, Wischer und Partner Architekten, Dresden
Tragwerksplanung – Kling Consult
Haustechnik – IB Döhler
Photographer: Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten
+ About Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten
In 1993 our office was founded by Dresden landscape architect Till Rehwaldt.
Main sectors of our scope of work are public open space planning, recreation and leisure facilities and urban planning. We are working on miscellaneous thematically and regionally diverse projects.
Modern Landscape Architecture is dealing with a site and its functional demands in a special way. The outdated concept of “style” has been replaced by focussing on the spatial and chronological context of a conceptual urban open space design. For the newly designed space a local identity is being created through the composition of urban open space and landscape as well as its tangible chronological context. Regarding this every space is a space for people. The public open space is organized in a multifunctional manner and offers possibilities for various uses. In this way the modern city becomes a human city. Neither representation nor decoration are dominating the future of urban open space but its quality as an everyday place of sojourn.