Amsterdam NL 52° 21' 59.4459", 4° 55' 6.3418"

ARTIS Savanna

a new savanna in the heart of Amsterdam 

LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-giraffes
Location:
Amsterdam NL
Client:
ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
Theme:
landscape design, zoo design
Size:
1-5ha
Year:
2005-2010
Type:
realised

Just behind the Elephant House with a sight of the surrounding city, lies an extended savanna full of giraffes, wildebeests, Grévy-zebra’s, springboks and ostriches. It is a fine example of the new zoo-policy: a larger and more natural way to house animals.    
Stacked stone walls, big tree clumps and a dessert-yellow surface where the ungulates keep their feet dry, emphasise the endless perspective typical for a savanna-landscape. There is no beginning nor ending. The fence at the park-side is designed like a parapet, so visitors can get as near as possible.   

LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-in winter
LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-walls
LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-zebras
LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-from entrepotdok
LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-giraffe wall
LANDLAB ARTIS savanne-looking at giraffes

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