weston williamson+partners' vertical zoo draws upon a post-apocalyptic theme weston williamson+partners' vertical zoo draws upon a post-apocalyptic theme
jul 02, 2016

weston williamson+partners' vertical zoo draws upon a post-apocalyptic theme

weston williamson+partners’ vertical zoo draws upon a post-apocalyptic theme




1972 film ‘silent running’ tells the story of a post-apocalyptic environment which uses a greenhouse space station in order to preserve various plants for future generations. weston williamson+partners used the american science fiction themed movie as reference for their ‘vertical zoo’ architecture competition proposal. 

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the concept is based on creating a conservation refuge which would protect the animal kingdom from man’s excesses until humanity reaches a point in which it learns to live together. the proposal revisits weston williamson+partners’ previous design for the zoo. the revised plan allows for more community spaces in overpopulated urban areas by providing a number of pods placed within the vertical structure. 

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‘vertical zoo’ model 




visitors can travel up glass enclosed lifts or from the stairs whilst monkeys and other animals are free to climb the tree like structure on the outside. smaller animals including birds butterflies are housed in a large shaped greenhouse which includes a honeycomb exterior which mimics existing patterns found within natural forms. 


the ‘vertical zoo’ will be featured as an example in WW+P’s TOD campaign in 2016.

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the revised plan allows for more community spaces in overpopulated urban areas




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