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the ark
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Published: March 3, 2009
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Here's an architectural project for change.

The assignment was to create a "Human pavilion" for Prague Zoo in Troja, a new not-too-big building in the very end of the Zoo, on the slope of Troja Rock. It should work as a new entrance, tea room for 40 people, bike deposit, and the rest was up to us. We had to focus on the relation between humans and animals, human and nature. Kind of philosophical stuff this time :)

Sorry for the bit dull presentation layout, I don't really have strength for experimenting more. At the end of this article is link to the original presentation.

About my concept:

TODAY'S ZOO IS LIKE NOAH'S ARK: DEVICE CREATED BY HUMANS TO SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES AND THEMSELVES AS WELL.

Structure as a symbol
The shape of the noah's ark is generally understood to be a symbol and archetype of both ship and safe home. It is the archetype of the place where humans and animals lived together in order to survive and save the nature.

The human pavilion is located on the border between the realm of humans and animals, between water and rock. The old ark seems to have shipwrecked on Troja Rock long time ago, bringing animals to a new place to live. Rediscovered and transformed into living pavilion of human, the ark reminds us today that humankind and beasts are still "on one boat" - dependent on each other.

Historical context
The shape of ship refers also to the history of the place choosen for the building. Formerly, the next-to-river path was called "Šífárna", where ships used to be hauled upstream. Ships are therefore a part of genius loci.

Structure as a toy
The ship-shaped building should instigate imagination of children, the typical zoo visitors, inviting them to play and to discover, giving them and their parents an easy to remember place for rest on the most distant place in zoo. When parents ask then whether they want to have lunch in a restaurant or on the ship, the decision will be quick. This will support business developement int this spectacular location that has not been discovered by public yet.

Universal human space
The concpet of the ark interior is to make universal place, allowing for enjoyable stay and rest. Due to limited space, it was decided to extend the tea room to the whole space. On the top of that, the ark ends up with a huge window into slope garden which can be opened when wather allows. The zoo itself is then just "upstairs".

Execution
The construction is made of wood, a perfect material for this purpose and is widely used throughout the zoo. Wreck-like construction greatly links the functional and practical interior inside to the nature outside. The inner part of structure frame is made of simple wooden beams nad columns, while the outer part is mostly made of glued flexed beams. The gued flexed beam factory is located in the Uhrivneves village, the very vicinity of the site, hence the transportation costs are reasonable.


This display is done for deviantart, the original presentation (with much more stuff) is here: [link]
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JXZ's avatar
JXZ|Professional General Artist
Very, nice. A great unique eco-adaptive idea. I like it. The theme and design just fit all together.
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Maverick18x's avatar
as a christian, this makes total sense. great concept.
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Raven30412's avatar
To me it give sense even when I'm atheist -> symbolism is obvious no matter what you believe in. glad you like it mate:)
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Maverick18x's avatar
understood. it's awesome. makes me wonder if a zoo like this exists anywhere… i can just imagine what it might be like to walk up a big wooden ramp into the ark.
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sulexes's avatar
Genious!
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Raven30412's avatar
not at all, but thanks a lot :)
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mat3jko's avatar
tyyy jo,, ty ses teda blazen ;)) ako napad se mi to hodne libi,, netradicni, odvazni ;) supr!
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mat3jko's avatar
moja priatelka ide studovat architekturu ;) a bola nadsena tymto tu ;)
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Raven30412's avatar
:) tak ze ji pozdravuju! :D
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wogyac's avatar
ty ses blazen :) moc libi
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donopunk|Professional Interface Designer
great concept. The only thing i have to say is that it would be nice if the form of the builder were not as literal. I think an abstraction of a boat would be better than what looks like an actual frame of a boat. great work.
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thanks... yeah, we had a lot of discussion in the atelier about how literal / abstract should the frame be, and I decided to do it actually very literal. The reason is that it's a building for zoo, which is, let's be honest, kind of lunapark with majority of kids visitors, and one of the main concepts was the toy-structure thing... If it wouldn't be for zoo, I would definetely do it much more abstract, or perhaps even not at all ship-like looking, but here, and for the kind of visitors it's done for, I think this would work well. And if not, at least it was a conscious decision:) thanks for the comment mate.
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donopunk|Professional Interface Designer
that makes sense, the design has to be such that the viewers understand it. I think it works well in the context.
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smo-king-killz's avatar
insane.....nice depth of thought
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Dyson247's avatar
stunning! .+fav:
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B-positive's avatar
wow :)

love this man, well done...
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Raven30412's avatar
:) glad you like it mate!
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Glomm|Professional General Artist
Ty jo ty kazdou chvili delas lepsi a lepsi veci :-) , Od tebe bych si nechal postavit knihovnu :-D ;).
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Raven30412's avatar
nech si odeme v budoucnu postavit svuj dum, to bude uplne stacit :D
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Glomm's avatar
Glomm|Professional General Artist
No to bych mohl ale abych na to nesetril cely svuj zivot :-D
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Raven30412's avatar
rozpocet je vzdy na investorovi, ne na architektovi, ten se musi prizpusobit:)
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