Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Whoops!!! Zoological Architecture--Casson Pavilion London Zoo 2011

Architects; Hugh Casson and Neville Conder, 1962-65.
Originally designed as Elephant & Rhinoceros Pavilion (1962-65). The rough textured concrete has labelled this as a Brutalist building.  The style also came to be known as 'Zoomorphic New Brutalism'.  Nevertheless, it was awarded by RIBA as the Best London Building for 1965 and has influenced generations of architects in various ways.
The Elephants and Rhinos have been sent to other zoo's and the famous textured wall surfaces reflecting tough hides are now looking a bit 'quizzical' behind hairy camels and bearded pigs.

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