Norman Foster's elephant house has elevated Copenhagen Zoo to the first division of the architectural world.
At Copenhagen Zoo Norman Foster once again uses his signature: the gigantic glass canopy. The elephant house thus has two large domes in the roof. The house is partially submerged in the ground, and the public can stroll across the roof and look down onto the elephants' indoor quarters, which will receive plenty of daylight through the domes. From the outset the idea has been to make the new house light and welcoming, unlike many other elephant houses.
The new elephant house is part of the overall effort to soft-focus the boundary between the Zoo and Frederiksberg Park. Unsightly fencing and hoardings will be removed, and from Frederiksberg Park it will be possible to enjoy watching the herd of elephants.
The environs of the elephant house have been executed by the Danish landscape architect Stig L. Andersson.