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Project Profile: The Calgary Zoo - Destination Africa

Last updated 6 years ago

Calgary, AB

7.4 acres

Scope of Services
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design

Calgary Zoological Society

Destination Africa is the largest facility ever constructed at the Calgary Zoo. The complex is comprised of four buildings: the TransAlta Tropical Rainforest, African Savannah, Safari Lodge offering high-end banquet facilities, and Kitamba Café, a family-friendly cafeteria. The buildings are linked by a number of indigenous huts within a replica African village. The use of glazing throughout the design offers a visually seamless interface between animals and visitors. Breaking large buildings into clusters of smaller components creates a pedestrian-friendly scale.

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