Buildings for Animals

Architecture, Under Construction

Redefining the relation between humans and primates

Apenheul Primate Park is a new concept for a zoo that focuses on the impact on nature and the animals with which we share this planet.
Learn more about the masterplan here

Humans and Primates

This project is about conceiving a habitat for animals fitted to their natural behavior.

Free ranging ring tailed lemur meets two juvenile Homo Sapiens


Why do they need buildings?

Apenheul’s vision of free animals without cages does not mean they don’t need shelter at night or whenever they need to get isolated for health reasons. Buildings are designed through security parameters while mantaining soft invisible borders.

GIF Tamarin and Woolly Buildings />

1 Tamarin Monkey Area

Situated at the north-west section of the masterplan, this is the smallest of the buildings, regarding the size of the animals.

Axonometric View

Tamarin Monkey Food Forest

Tamarin Monkey Behaviour

Tamarin monkeys largely live in family groups of a father, mother and their offspring, which are normally born as twins. A typically family group is composed of just three to nine members.  are currently four different Tamarin species at Apenheul and therefore they need four different cages at night. During the day they share a common space both inside and outside.
1. Golden Lion Monkey
2. Copper Titi
3. Emperor Tamarin
4. Pied Tamarin

Perspective Plan

Visitors and Animals

Construction is approached from a sustainable framework that aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, better understanding design and sharing of resources.

Section Diagram

GIF Space Sequence

Circular Building

Construction is approached from a sustainable framework that aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, better understanding design and sharing of resources.

Perspective Section

2 Woolly Monkey Area

Situated at the south-east section of the masterplan, this building hosts two primate species, bigger in size than the Tamarins. They also share an outisde space divided into two islands.

Axonometric View

GIF Space Sequence

Perspective Section


Woolly Monkeys and Bearded Saki’s

Both species are iurnal and arboreal; they live in social groups leaded by an alpha male. The social organization is ranged by age, sex and reproductive status of the female. They also have an elaborate system of vocal, visual and tactile communication.

Perspective Plan

[/caption]

Construction

Construction of Tamarin Area and Building

Situated at the south-east section of the masterplan, this building hosts two primate species, bigger in size than the Tamarins. They also share an outisde space divided into two islands.


View from inside the winter viewing gallery.

Visitor view onto landscape from underneath canopy.

Woolly Monkey Building

Uptate volupturi ra praernatur seribust il illicil excepedipsum quuntio volorectio ipsam fugia cum dolupicid quis pore consece pudandi ipiti totatur sequi ipit

Woolly Monkey building hidden behind insect wall

Outdoor Islands

The landscape design has not only an aesthetic purpose but it also serves as a means of limiting monkey’s movement from one area to another.


Waterside of Tamarin Food Forest area

Team: Martijn de Geus, Victor Tee, Kenji Heda, Elena Gamez, Han Zhang

Project Year: 2018-2020

Location: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands