WAN Awards 2018


WAN Jobs
News Review
WAN Urban Challenge
WAN Awards
Previous Next

Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct, Adelaide, Australia

Thursday 02 Sep 2010

Animal magic

Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct by HASSELL in Adelaide, Australia
images by Peter Bennetts 
Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct by HASSELL in Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct by HASSELL in Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct by HASSELL in Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct by HASSELL in Adelaide, Australia
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
Award Entry

New precinct provides an enhanced entrance and public space for Adelaide Zoo 

The Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct breathes new life into a once neglected part of the city of Adelaide. Dispensing with the traditional boundary between the Zoo and its surrounds, the new entrance invites visitors to view the sights and sounds of the Zoo from public forecourts. The Zoo boasts Australia’s first purpose-designed ‘green roof' to support wildlife shelter and extensive ‘living walls’ of native plants, making it a significant horticultural park and research centre as well as a world class zoo.

The result of an ambitious integration of physical, cultural and organisational strategies, the Entrance Precinct was designed around the core drivers of conservation, environment, education, and research.

The Precinct comprises a series of interlinked forecourts that unfold over 2000 square metres to create a natural transition and physical connection with surrounding roads, parklands and waterways. These new links through the forecourts provide access to cafes and exhibitions via safe, lit pathways, remediating a once unsafe part of Botanic Park and demonstrating the transformative capacity of urban design to promote safe, healthy and liveable cities.

Landscape and built form for the project have been considered as a single interwoven environment to create a unique Australian civic space. The external colour palette and materials reflect the Australian landscape, incorporating charcoal, spotted gum timber and native plants.

The project, completed in 2009, will become a platform for ongoing research into potential alternative models for built form to support and promote urban ecology, manage stormwater appropriately and enable more efficient performance in solar power generation.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)

More projects by this architect

Belmont Park

Collins Square Tower 2

Yaroomba Beach redevelopment

Medibank Place

Advanced Engineering Centre

University of Brighton Masterplan

The Immersery

The Immersery

Nanjing Fangshan Geopark

Burnley Living Roofs

Oncology Centre, King Hamad University Hospital

Urban Coffee Farm

Sydney Light Rail

Shenyang Hutai New Town

Tbilisi Zoo


123 Albert Street


Man-Built Island of Dongqian Lake

Tianjin Binhai Transport Interchange – Public Domain

Trainshed Way

Coast to Coast Light Rail

SA Water House

ANZ Centre

Alibaba Headquarters

Harbin Airport

Wuyuan Moon Bay

Xiao Yao Bay

Epping to Chatswood Rail Link

Darwin Waterfront

Charles Darwin University Chancellery and Gallery

Kolling Building

Christchurch Intergrated Airport, New Zealand

Bowden Village Masterplan

Built Environs HQ

Western Grandstand Adelaide Oval

ANZ Bank Breakout

Panda Enclosure Adelaide Zoo


Magenta Shores, Central Coast, NSW

Roads and Traffic Authority Crashlab

The Bradman Collection Museun

Reinventing Cities

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site