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Foster takes on a new tusk with Danish elephant house - images

Foster and Partners has unveiled these images of its first zoological building - an elephant house at Copenhagen Zoo.

The new building will aim to provide the Indian elephants with a 'stimulating environment that recreates aspects of their former Asian habitat'.

The scheme, which has just started on site, is 'locked' in the area's natural topography, and the enclosure is designed to maximise natural light, while providing thermal insulation.

Designs for the new elephant house were based on research into the behavioural patterns of the animals.

For instance, the tendency for bull elephants to roam away from the main herd called for plans to be developed around two separate enclosures.

The two structures are covered with lightweight, glazed domes providing natural light as well as ventilation.

The practice is claiming new standards have been set in terms of animal well-being. The firm said the main herd will be able to 'spend the night together, as they would in the wild'.

The building is a terracotta-clad concrete structure, with the colours and textures used to give a sense of 'dry riverbed as found at the edge of the rainforest'.

by Richard Vaughan

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