Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Intro Architecture and studio-gram have designed a gateway for The Monarto Safari Park Visitor Center for Zoos in Adelaide to connect visitors to the environment through design, education, and history.
At the center of the project is the heart: a gathering point referencing both traditional African and indigenous habitation.
The heart acts as the communal space before introducing visitors to their journey into Wild Africa, providing protection from the harsh weather conditions while offering small glimpses of the vast surroundings.
This celebration of arrival builds anticipation for the imminent experience.
The built form is divided into two distinct elements.
The convergence of the curved ribbons represents the intertwining of indigenous and African cultures embodying the inherent connection with the land, plants, and animals.
The iconic, yet implicit, expression of the forms invite engagement, interpretation, and discussion by visitors.
The design reflects an understanding that conservation starts with a humanity that has an appreciation of nature and is enhanced out of their visceral experience.
The gateway representation provides an iconic and memorable transitional experience from Australia to Africa. Each visitor is to leave as an ambassador of the Monarto Safari Park.
Project: Monarto Safari Park Visitor Center
Architects: Intro Architecture Pty Ltd. and Studio-Gram
General Contractors: Mossop Construction + Interiors
Client: Zoos SA
Photographers: Intro Architecture Pty Ltd.