Atelier Peter Kis | Magic Mountain in the Great Rock
New Project of Budapest Zoo
Pursuant to the government decision of 23 September, major development projects will be implemented at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. As part of the project called ‘Magic Mountain’, a complex exhibition and event space will be created inside the Great Rock; at the same time, the Bison House and Giraffe House will be restored according to the original plans.
The project allows the facility, which has difficulties owing to limitations of space, to create an interactive exhibition on an area of 3,000 square metres, previously not accessible to visitors, that provides a unique experience. The construction of the interior of the Great Rock, the largest building of the garden, as an exhibition and event space has been planned since 1912 but has not been implemented to date. The utilisation of the interior of the Great Rock will provide the Zoo with a venue worthy of housing a number of cultural events, while it will also enhance the range of experiences and programmes that can be offered in winter, which could result in increased visiting times.
The Magic Mountain exhibition to be constructed in the Great Rock aims to demonstrate, in a unique and spectacular way, the extraordinary forms of existence that ever appeared on the stage of life, and the development and compelling richness of life, to present the public with “wonderful rarities”.
The diversity of the forms of life and of organic and inorganic systems will be the guiding principle, where diversity is interpreted as a response to the challenges of the environment and problems to be solved, and presented in a true-to-life manner using an extremely wide variety of exhibition equipment that exploits the advantages of the space available. We are planning a system of exhibitions, richly equipped with interactive and adventurous games, shows of living animals, models of giant animals, projection microscopes providing an insight into the micro-world, and exploration and presentation rooms, which is unparalleled in Central Europe.
In addition to the construction of the exhibition space of the Great Rock, the listed monuments of the Bison House and the Giraffe House will also be restored as part of the project, according to the original plans of Károly Kós and Dezső Zrumetzky. The details of the listed monuments will be complemented by indoor housing designed and equipped to today’s standards, and a set of reconstructed paddocks. The buildings will be heated in part by using renewable energy.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Architect: Atelier Peter Kis
Cost: EUR 4.5 Million
Images: Courtesy of Atelier Peter Kis