As opposed to the traditional zoo design model in which visitors are encouraged to follow an endless concourse, Zootopia is organised as three separate loops of sinuous geometry - with each representing a different region of the world (Asia, Africa and the Americas). Visitors are channelled into a central circular piazza from which they can then venture outwards into the three realms.
The design includes a variety of circulation means, including by bike, on foot, by car, by boat, and even by cable car for an aerial perspective. The complex’s building elements are integrated with the landscape to conceal their appearance to the animals while distinctly fitting to the individual species.
“Instead of copying the architecture from the various continents by doing vernacular architecture, we propose to integrate and hide the buildings as much as possible in the landscape,” commented BIG who will be designing the project.
“Architects’ greatest and most important task is to make sure that our cities offer a generous framework for different people – from different backgrounds, economy, gender, culture, education and age – so they can live together in harmony. Nowhere is this challenge more acrimonious than in a zoo.”