Scared by the emotive heritage of a divided culture, the architecture of the new Vincennes Zoo must be recognised for its valued geographical context, far from an era when architecture was anchored in a formalism and a reductive temporality. It is an invitation for visitors to discover, through learning and recreation, and to create future memories…
The symbolic character of the ‘fake rocks’ in the Zoological Park is therefore reinforced and will dictate the way in which future programming will be implemented. In a natural evolution, the greenhouses are designed as a continuity through a subtle intervention: they are modelled on a large scale pixelisation of the rocks and will marry with the rocks’ irregular forms. This novel pairing of rock/greenhouse allows for the implementation of the latest technology and HQE (High Environmental Quality) research.
In this invented landscape, between form and formlessness, resolutely modern (in other words new and artificial), the familiar silhouettes of six proposed landscapes, or biozones, are brought together. The landscape appropriates natural materials, granite rocks and stones, trees, bushes, moss and lichen, in apparent imitation. Included in this landscape are interventions made of materials that testify to human industry, outsized protrusions of glass and metal which crown the rocks with different functions.
This relief is intended to be fresh, intriguing, mysterious and enticing, a potent symbol of the renewal of the Zoological Park.