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Penguin Pool, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London

RIBA15270
Lubetkin Drake & Tecton
NOTES: This was Tecton's second commission for the Royal Zoological Society, the site consisting of a series of derelict ponds and a paddock. A dramatic design was needed to show off the antics of the penguins and this was achieved by two cantilevered ramps spiralling around one another without any intermediate support. The surrounding trees were kept and a cover provided around part of the elliptical structure to protect the penguins from the sun. The flat paths were coated with plastic rubber, the steps were of slate and the concrete ramps were kept wet by a revolving fountain. The structure was allowed under a clause in the London Building Act which exempted from the regulations buildings under a certain size which were not destined for human habitation and which were more than 30 ft from any other building. The pool had been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair after the Royal Zoological Society encountered strong opposition to its plans for major alterations in 1951. The pool was listed in 1970 and restored in 1988. The executive architects were Lubetkin and Drake.

Penguin Pool, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London

RIBA18460
Lubetkin Drake & Tecton
NOTES: This was Tecton's second commission for the Royal Zoological Society, the site consisting of a series of derelict ponds and a paddock. A dramatic design was needed to show off the antics of the penguins and this was achieved by two cantilevered ramps spiralling around one another without any intermediate support. The surrounding trees were kept and a cover provided around part of the elliptical structure to protect the penguins from the sun. The flat paths were coated with plastic rubber, the steps were of slate and the concrete ramps were kept wet by a revolving fountain. The structure was allowed under a clause in the London Building Act which exempted from the regulations buildings under a certain size which were not destined for human habitation and which were more than 30 ft from any other building. The pool had been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair after the Royal Zoological Society encountered strong opposition to its plans for major alterations in 1951. The pool was listed in 1970 and restored in 1988. The executive architects were Lubetkin and Drake.

Palace of Versailles: the menagerie

RIBA19556
Le Vau, Louis (1612-1670)
SOURCE: Vues des chateaux royaux (Paris, n. d.), pl. 106

Design proposal for renovations to the tropical bird house, Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle: elevations

RIBA20723
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Architectural Services

Restaurant extension, Whipsnade Zoo, seen from the paddock and the gardens

RIBA24394
Lubetkin & Tecton
NOTES: This project was an extension to the 18th century farmhouse that had been used as a restaurant and represents an attempt to demonstrate that a modernist solution can blend harmoniously with old buildings despite the differences in form and materials. Glass bricks were employed to highlight the entrance front which anticipates that of the Finsbury Health Centre.

Restaurant extension, Whipsnade Zoo: the entrance from the gardens

RIBA24395
Lubetkin & Tecton
NOTES: This project was an extension to the 18th century farmhouse that had been used as a restaurant and represents an attempt to demonstrate that a modernist solution can blend harmoniously with old buildings despite the differences in form and materials. Glass bricks were employed to highlight the entrance front which anticipates that of the Finsbury Health Centre.

Restaurant extension, Whipsnade Zoo: the entrance from the forecourt

RIBA24396
Lubetkin & Tecton
NOTES: This project was an extension to the 18th century farmhouse that had been used as a restaurant and represents an attempt to demonstrate that a modernist solution can blend harmoniously with old buildings despite the differences in form and materials. Glass bricks were employed to highlight the entrance front which anticipates that of the Finsbury Health Centre.

Restaurant extension, Whipsnade Zoo

RIBA24397
Lubetkin & Tecton
NOTES: This project was an extension to the 18th century farmhouse that had been used as a restaurant and represents an attempt to demonstrate that a modernist solution can blend harmoniously with old buildings despite the differences in form and materials. Glass bricks were employed to highlight the entrance front which anticipates that of the Finsbury Health Centre.

A zoo warden feeding a peacock by the shelter and kiosk, Whipsnade Zoo

RIBA24689
Lubetkin & Tecton
NOTES: The shelter consisted of a concrete canopy supported on slender steel columns, with provision made for cover, toilets and kiosk. It was designed to be one small element in a network of interacting structures positioned along the main pedestrian thoroughfares of the zoo. However, other elements in the scheme were abandoned as Tecton's main supporter on the zoo council, Julian Huxley, became increasingly isolated from his colleagues. Once Huxley had resigned the Zoological Society took the opportunity to demolish the structure.
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