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Elephant House, Whipsnade Zoo: roof detail showing an artificial lighting unit

RIBA Ref No RIBA49423
Architect/DesignerLubetkin & Tecton
Artist/PhotographerNewbery, Sydney W. (1894-1985)
CountryUK: England
CityWhipsnade
Subject Date1935
Image Date1935
ViewInterior
StyleModern Movement
MediumPhotoprint
Library Reference5035/14
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectLamps, lighting fixtures ; Concrete ; Zoo buildings ; Roofs
NOTES: Each of the four Indian elephants was allotted a separate circular unit. The use of top lighting and continuous long windows which could be closed in the winter combined the need for public display with the comfort of the animals. The buildings are relatively small because it was only intended that young elephants should be housed at Whipsnade, the older ones remaining in London. However, larger elephants replaced the original inmates and the Zoo authorities accordingly made some alterations to the buildings.
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