Zoo  Antwerp, Belgium, 2009

Program
Masterplan, housing for elephants, giraffes, apes, buffalo's, zebra's, warthog, kangaroos, birds and flamingo's,
visitors facilities, office building, entrance square and shop

Client
KMDA vzw (RZSA - Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp)

Location
Koningin Astridplein 26, 2018 Antwerp
Belgium

Date
2005 - 2009

Status
competition, first prize
masterplan completed

Floor surface
10.000 sqm

Architects
Robbrecht en Daem architecten

Collaborators 
Johannes Robbrecht
Sofie Deboutte
Kobe van Praet
Bert Haerynck

Structural Engineering
BAS Dirk Jaspaert

Services Engineering
Henk Pijpaert Engineering

Landscape
Ontwerpbureau Pauwels

By purchasing and demolishing the surrounding houses, Antwerp Zoo is able to expand its area by more than 10%.

The aim of the masterplan is to establish the major spatial changes and broad lines of development for the whole of the zoo's eastern flank. The plan includes landscaping, animal houses for okapis, apes, giraffes and elephants, and also a childrens' pavilion, a brasserie and an orangery. Certain buildings and activities will also be visible or accessible from the street.