The Danish architects at Bjarke Ingels Group have proposed a new design for the Givskud Zoo that will keep human visitors hidden away from zoo animals using grass shelters and mirrored pods. The project is a response to growing dissatisfaction surrounding the psychological and physical impact faced by animals displayed to human visitors.
The design, whose development is still in its early stages, calls for 300 acres of zoo to be divided into separate 'continents', each of which can be accessed by visitors using ramps, bridges and tunnels all embedded in the landscape. In some areas, visitors can hide in hollowed out log piles. In others, viewer shelters will be set up in grassy hillocks.
The ultimate aim of this design is to create an environment where visitors can enjoy the sight of magnificent animals without disrupting their peace and natural behavior.