Leading designer of brand and leisure environments, dan pearlman Experience Architecture, is celebrating the opening of the new Löwentor entrance building at Berlin Zoo.
The semi-circular courtyard on the Hardenbergplatz has been created as an interface between the zoo’s urban setting and the natural world, providing uninterrupted views of the rhino enclosure.
“The new entrance serves as a window to the zoo and gets visitors excited about their zoo experience, ” comments Kieran Stanley, CEO and Creative Director of dan pearlman.
“Our cubic design for the building draws on 1950s architecture, thereby establishing a direct link to the surrounding environment and the history of City West.”
The new entrance, embellished with an African-themed design using sustainable materials including wood, Eternit and rubber, is the first phase of the zoo’s strategic development plan which has been developed jointly with dan pearlman.
The facility is a response to increasing visitor numbers and includes nine new ticket windows to speed up processing and improve the guest experience.
The architects also designed the shop for owner/operator, Wild Republic, which continues the vibrant African theme, featuring stylised steppe trees, a modern African marketplace and traditional hand-painted clay walls.
Berlin-based dan pearlman provides consulting services as well as project design and implementation. Clients include German Lufthansa, MercedesBenz, Roca, Marc O'Polo and Nike. The agency is best known in the UK for the cutting-edge immersive environment, Islands at Chester Zoo.
Images kind courtesy dan pearlman and Zoo Berlin.