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Polar bear pit and ravine for lions and tigers, Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle: elevated view of the circular central area

RIBA Ref No RIBA49459
Architect/DesignerLubetkin & Tecton
Artist/PhotographerFelton, Leo Herbert (d. 1968)
CountryUK: England
CityDudley
Subject Date1937
Image Date1937
ViewExterior
StyleModern Movement
MediumPhotoprint
Library Reference5045/c (Felton BN 6434)
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectZoo buildings ; Concrete
NOTES: Lubetkin and Tecton adapted a deep natural ravine to provide these three enclosures with the circular polar bear arena situated in the centre ringed by an elevated terrace. This terrace spanned the ravine and afforded excellent viewing facilities for spectators. In addition there were lower viewing areas and the lions and tigers could roam over the various concrete slabs placed at differing levels in the steeply-sided ravine. For the polar bears a diving ramp and an eight-foot deep swimming-pool were provided.
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