A new home for the orangutans Barcelona Zoo

18/10/2016
A new home for the orangutans Barcelona Zoo
by Forgas Arquitectes [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, ÁLVARO LAMAS
Barcelona Zoo orangutans habitat by Forgas Arquitectes. Photography © Simón García.

A project for some unconventional inhabitants that the architects have learned about orangutans of Borneo. Their new habitat multiplied by 20 the anterior plot and improving facilities providing a better visitor experience.

A so complicated challenge faced by the architectural office Forgas Arquitectes, formed by Joan Forgas, Dolors Ylla-Català, Cristina Goenaga and Pedro Gil.

"Orangutans are the only species of Asian pongids and rainy jungles inhabit the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Unlike gorillas and chimpanzees, orangutans do not live in family groups but have a complex social life", explain the architects.
 

Description of the project by Forgas Arquitectes

Orangutans are the only species of Asian pongids and rainy jungles inhabit the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. As a species have some specific features that need to be mindful to design their zoo habitat.

Unlike gorillas and chimpanzees • the orangutans do not live in family groups but have a complex social life. Some males have a facial swellings, besides giving them a characteristic appearance, are associated with a character much more lonely and domineering. These co...read more

Architects
FORGAS ARQUITECTES.
Joan Forgas / Dolors Ylla-Català / Cristina Goenaga / Pedro Gil
Collaborators
Eulalia Aran (Execution chief) Silvia
Vicente- Blue Displays (Theming) Manel Colomines (vegetation) Manuel Arguijo (structures) Grupo JG (facilities)
Promoter
BSMSA / Zoo de Barcelona
Constractor
ARNO VOPI-4 (theming)

FORGAS ARQUITECTES

Forgas Arquitectes is an architecture office started in 1989 by Joan Forgas and Dolors Ylla-Català devoted to develope projects in the area of public space, infrastructure, equipments, housing, rebuilding and patrimony. In these years of experience the team has received several awards and has also won numerous national and international ideas competicions.

The...read more