The New St. Petersburg Zoo by TN Plus & Beckmann N’Thépé Architects in St. Petersburg, Russia. Located in the heart of Alexander Park in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Leningrad Zoo was founded on Aug. 1, 1865. According to the Saint Petersburg Commune, the Leningrad Zoo is the oldest zoo in Russia and the second-largest zoo, after the Moscow Zoo. Currently, the zoo holds approximately 600 species of mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates from various parts of the world, according to the Leningrad Zoo, and, like most others zoos around the globe, suffers from lack of space. In 2010, the city decided to relocate the zoo and organized an international competition for the new Primorskiy Zoological Park. The winning project was designed by a team formed by Bruno Tanant and Jean Christophe Nani of the landscape design firm TN PLUS, with Aldric Beckmann and Françoise N’Thépé of the architecture firm Beckmann N’Thépé. These architects created a fascinating project concept based on the primitive continent of Pangea.
St. Petersburg Zoo
Pangea was the supercontinent that existed more than a million years ago. The concept embraced by TN Plus & Beckmann N’Thépé consists of reuniting the Pangea. Using water on the site, the team created six circular islands: South East Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, North America, and Eurasia, representing the pieces of the Pangea. The idea was to introduce, on each of these islands, ecological samples and native animals of each continent.Connecting Islands Through Bridges Following the main idea of the project of the Pangea reunion, the architects connected all six islands by bridges, forming one huge park. Additionally, the North America and Eurasia islands were linked using a pack of “ice” from the Artic Pole. Moreover, since the area of the new zoo is very large and composed of islands that needed to be interconnected, the project relied on different means of transportation, such as pedestrian walkways and boats. Boat Transportation Boat transportation also connects the zoo to the center of St. Petersburg. All of these different transportation alternatives not only connect every island and the city with the zoo, but also integrate the entire project, making the environment more genuine for both humans and animals.
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Full Project Credits:
Project: New Zoo of St. Petersburg Designers: TN Plus & Beckmann N’Thépé Architects Zoologist: Eric Plouzeau, Biozones Consulting Zoo Expert: Monika Fiby Botanical: Albert A. Tourette Location: St. Petersburg, Russia Total Area: According to TN Plus: 140ha According to Beckmann N’Thépé Architects: Site Large: 300ha Emprise Zoo: 96ha Client: Ville de St. Petersburg/Intarsia Budget: 287 M € HT Area in Context: The site is in the northern suburbs of the city not far from the Bay of Finland, in the frontier between a new residential district in plain development with high rise buildings and a natural reserve.
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