Set within a historic royal park, adjacent to the Frederiksberg Palace, Copenhagen Zoo is among the oldest zoo’s in Europe and one of Denmark's most popular cultural institutions with 1.2 million visitors a year. Among the Zoo's most visited inhabitants are the Indian elephants. The starting point for the design of this new Elephant House was to provide these magnificent animals with a healthy, stimulating environment and, in the process, to create easily accessible spaces from which visitors can watch and enjoy the elephants.
Extensive research into elephants' social patterns provided Ramboll with design cues. The tendency for bull elephants to roam away from the herd in the wild suggested a plan organized around two separate enclosures. These enclosures are dug into the sloping site, both to minimize the building's physical impact in the landscape and to optimize its passive thermal performance. Covered with glazed domes, the spaces maintain a strong visual connection with the sky and changing patterns of daylight.
Complete lighting design scheme for the indoor as well as outdoor areas of the New Elephant House in Copenhagen Zoo. A fine combination of the exhibition light and 'comfortable' artificial lighting for the animals in their zoo habitat. The artificial lighting is adapted to the changes in the natural lighting quality and is complementary towards colors of the interiors. The daylight and artificial lighting design were prepared in close corporation with Foster and Partners. Ramboll Lighting created various lighting scenes, such as a special moonlight setting for the benefit of both animals and the public.