• House for Hippopotamus, Zoo Berlin
    © schlaich bergermann partner
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House for Hippopotamus, Zoo Berlin

Berlin, Germany, 1996

Two glass cupolas were to span across the two Hippo Houses at the Berlin Zoo, merging into each other in the visitor's area that is positioned in between.
To achieve this, a remarkable grid shell was designed. The transparency typical of grid shells irritates the eye’s expectancy to see clear boundaries. The shell spans two circular basins, 21 m and 29 m in diameter. Seemingly a free-form structure, it nonetheless obeys the laws of efficiency: elegant and double-curved, the first example of a building based on the principle of translational surfaces, it offers the advantage that it can be covered with planar quadrangular glass panes.


  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Architect

    J. Gribl, München

  • Cooperation

    Prof. Dipl.-Ing. M.F. Manleitner, Berlin

  • Client

    Zoologischer Garten, Berlin

  • Contractor

    Helmut Fischer GmbH, Talheim

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design

  • Spans 29 and 21 m
  • Mesh width 1.20 m
  • Grid beams 60 x 40 mm, hot-dip galvanzied and coated
  • Diagonal cables double cables as open stainless steel cables
  • House for Hippopotamus, Zoo Berlin © schlaich bergermann partner
  • House for Hippopotamus, Zoo Berlin © SNOWBOUND

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