Zoo La Garenne

LOCALARCHITECTURE was commissioned to design an entrance pavilion for the new zoo La Garenne in Le Vaud (CH). After 48 years, the zoo had to be moved to a bigger site and a new concept was developed, featuring an educational trail that links up the various aviaries and enclosures, moving from a pastoral landscape to an alpine setting and ending with a treetop walkway among the trees of the local forest. The key challenge for the architects was therefore to incorporate into this setting a built structure that would provide the necessary entrance functions and define the new identity of La Garenne zoo.