Saturday, 12 November 2016

London Zoo - Snowdon Aviary restoration | Renowned architects announced

Snowdon Aviary 
Foster + Partners appointed to restore our iconic Snowdon Aviary
We are delighted to announce that renowned architects Foster + Partners are joining us to give ZSL London Zoo's historic Snowdon Aviary a bold new makeover.

Inspired by the graceful movements of flying birds, the Snowdon Aviary was truly unique for its time; conceived by Lord Snowdon and realised by architect Cedric Price and structural engineer Frank Newby, when the exhibit opened in 1965 it was Britain’s first walk-through aviary. The new exhibit is set to be transformed into a walk-through colobus monkey enclosure, which will give visitors a unique and up close experience of the stunning primates, enabling us to expand the Zoo’s education offering and provide many more activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Speaking of the recent appointment, Norman Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners said: “We are honoured and delighted to be working on the redevelopment of the Snowdon Aviary – a rare example of a completed work by Cedric Price. I also have a particular personal affection for it as it shows most strongly the influence of our mutual friend and mentor Buckminster Fuller."

Earlier this year ZSL secured the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for the initial research and planning phase of modernising the Zoo’s iconic Snowdon Aviary, and to use the new space to interact with new audiences and school children. Our fundraising target is £7.1 million to enable the build and to run all of the associated activities for five years.

If you would like to donate and help us reach this target, or to keep up to date on the project, please visit the link below.