Black Rhino Enclosure & Night Room

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Rehousing the black rhino into a new enclosure in the Johannesburg Zoo, including a “nightroom”. Cross-block-cross 304. Black Rhino Enclosure
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Black Rhino Enclosure & Night Room

Johannesburg Zoo. Johannesburg. South Africa.

Project Type: Leisure

Client: Johannesburg Zoo
Program: Leisure
Status: Construction – January 2020
Value: R 3.5 Million (US $190 000)
Area: N / A

The Johannesburg Zoo management envisaged an extension of the existing elephant enclosure through the incorporation of an area for the existing Black Rhino. We were commissioned to generate a new space for the Black Rhino (Shaka by name) within the existing zoo precinct. The new enclosure was to include a mandatory “night room” for the rhino.

Attention was given to the habitation patterns of the rhino, updated international standards for rhino captivity,  the generation of a “natural” rhino context, optimum and unobtrusive viewer capacity and elements of structural integrity for security. 

Budgetary constraints dictated the design perspective. The emergent architectural response pays homage to the “status” and unique characteristics of the species through a clean and simple delimitation of space, with due accommodation of zoo management directives. An accent black brick detail has been symbolically integrated within the structure with a “nod” to the very important resident.

#BlackRhinoEnclosure #BlackRhino #InTheWIld #AnimalArchitecture @UrbanSignature_
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Black Rhino Enclosure & Night Room

Johannesburg Zoo. Johannesburg. South Africa.

Project Type: Leisure

Client: Johannesburg Zoo
Program: Leisure
Status: Construction – January 2020
Value: R 3.5 Million (US $190 000)
Area: N / A

The Johannesburg Zoo management envisaged an extension of the existing elephant enclosure through the incorporation of an area for the existing Black Rhino. We were commissioned to generate a new space for the Black Rhino (Shaka by name) within the existing zoo precinct. The new enclosure was to include a mandatory “night room” for the rhino.

Attention was given to the habitation patterns of the rhino, updated international standards for rhino captivity,  the generation of a “natural” rhino context, optimum and unobtrusive viewer capacity and elements of structural integrity for security. 

Budgetary constraints dictated the design perspective. The emergent architectural response pays homage to the “status” and unique characteristics of the species through a clean and simple delimitation of space, with due accommodation of zoo management directives. An accent black brick detail has been symbolically integrated within the structure with a “nod” to the very important resident.

#BlackRhinoEnclosure #BlackRhino #InTheWIld #AnimalArchitecture @UrbanSignature_