By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


P-p-pick up a penguin

Eagle-eyed planning-portal observers can rest assured that Wharmby Kozdon Architects’ application for alterations to a penguin enclosure at London Zoo will not replace Tecton’s iconic Grade I-listed structure

The Berthold Lubetkin and Ove Arup-designed 1934 ‘Penguin Pool’ has in fact been without the flightless birds since 2004, when the zookeepers moved them to a new habitat near the gift shop.

Tecton’s concrete spirals hurt the penguins’ joints, it is claimed. Wharmby Kozdon Architects, which designed the zoo’s new Komodo Dragon den, has planned a £380,000 ‘South-American themed’ extension to the penguin’s new home, which will include alterations to the gift shop and a new entrance to Regent’s Park. The expanded ‘exhibit’ will be home to three species of Antarctic penguin, the humboldt, macaroni and fairy.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters