Foster + Partners to transform the Snowdon Aviary by Cedric Price at the London Zoo

Foster + Partners to transform the Snowdon Aviary by Cedric Price at the London Zoo
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New ZSL London Zoo’s Snowdon Aviary by Foster + Partners. Image by Tom Miller
Foster + Partners’ plans for the rebirth of the Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo have received planning approval from Westminster Council.
Aviary designed by Lord Snowdon and Cedric Price in 1962-5 as part of a wider expansion and modernisation of London Zoo. The Aviary is an aluminium and steel structure on concrete foundations. Access is provided via a cantilevered concrete bridge which spans the length of the structure.
The Grade II* listed structure, designed by Cedric Price with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon in 1962, was, and still is a sensational statement. It was the first aviary in Britain that gave visitors a ‘walk-through’ experience, bringing them closer to the birds in their natural habitat. The new design adapts the heritage structure to suit its new inhabitants – a troop of colobus monkeys and parrots – and offers visitors an enhanced experience. It replicates their natural habitat, with a series of vertical elements at different heights that the monkeys can climb onto, encouraging them to leap, jump, and swing to the higher levels of the aviary.

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Norman Foster is considered by many to be the most prominent architect in Britain. He won the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the 2009 Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes Prize.

Lord Foster rebuilt the Reichstag as a new German Parliament in Berlin and designed a contemporary Great Court for the British Museum. He linked St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate more


Cedric Price (1934–2003) was an architect, thinker and above all an Englishman of extraordinary generosity towards his subject. He had an independence of mind the like of which can only come from a fondness for humans and a fascination for human nature. For Price, the moral and ethical principles implied in any design speculation are privileged more