Earlier this month the Adelaide Zoo was garnered with an outstanding five awards to dominate this years Australian Institute of Architect’s 2010 Australian Architecture Awards. From the Australian Institute of Architects page:
Adelaide Zoo ‘has all of a sudden come of age’ – taking out five awards to dominate this year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ 2010 South Australian Architecture Awards.
At a special ceremony in Adelaide tonight (Friday 2 July), the recently opened Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct by Adelaide-based national practice HASSELL was awarded the prestigious Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, the top Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture, an Urban Design Architecture Award and a Sustainable Architecture Award. The Adelaide Zoo Panda Exhibit by HASSELL also received a Public Architecture Commendation.
Jon has actually been to Adelaide Zoo and can attest to it’s forward thinking design. If any one else has been out that way, drop us a line. We’re eager to hear other reports. Well done!
I was recently at Adelaide Zoo and was indeed impressed by the entrance. However was somewhat disappointed by the panda exhibit – its main attraction. Though I have to admit it was more disappointment in the way the “event” of the pandas were presented rather than any disappointment in the design. The way the entrance to the exhibit was ticketed at 30min intervals was at the detriment of the immersive landscape and winding path that the designers had created to set the scene. When you’ve been in a line for 30min you just want to get to the main attraction – needless to say children were getting very restless. It was also obvious that certain elements weren’t of the designers creation. Most bizarre was the panda foetus that had been encased in resin and stuck to the top of a plinth at the exit….
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