peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo
 
peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo
dec 19, 2010

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

‘the great rock’ at the budapest zoo by peter kis atelier all images courtesy peter kis atelier

 

 

 

hungary-based architecture firm atelier peter kis is renovating ‘the great rock’ at the budapest zoo, an artificial land mass designed to mimic the natural habitats of the animals on display. originally built in 1909, the 40 m high hills feature an internal space of 38,850 m3. the design includes the reworking of this cave-like area in to an exhibition space for cultural programs, events and conferences.

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo outdoor stair access

 

 

 

the form of the hills is supported by a system of scaffolding made from reinforced concrete. this was layered with artful composition of artificial stone boulders and granite. featuring a number of natural environments such as lawned meadows, gorges, caves, and a lake, ‘the great rock’ encourages visitors to climb the hills to see a panoramic view of the zoo.

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo model of structure with peeled-back rock skin

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo 3d model of interior space and structure

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo 3d model of concrete structure

 

 

 

the interior of ‘the great rock’ was open to visitors for approximately 80 years. since its inception, it has been everything from a lion’s den to an ice rink, from a theater to a pony riding menage. it has been declared unsafe for decades and serves as storage space today. the re-design will gain several thousand square meters of new exhibition area and lecture theatres. the existing structural elements will be incorporated into the space to highlight the foreign atmosphere of the enclosed facility.

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo render of interior space (left) stair circulation (right) dome space

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo shots of the state of the space during renovation

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo original foundation plan

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

peter kis atelier: the great rock budapest zoo

  • Its difficult to see what additions the architect has made. The original timber structure is quite wonderful in its own right and apart from ‘painting’ everything white and adding a few floors what else has been changed.

    Kim Mawdsley
  • looks like a contemporary version of that gaudi’s cript.

    diogo
  • http://flic.kr/p/75pQt9

    Stigur
  • it looks amazing. my jaw dropped.

    :O
  • i want a house like that. price tag?

    turmie
  • amazing spaces

    AML
  • looks like something out of Tarkovsky…or team america?

    necessary renovation?

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