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The Zoo Hub


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery — Wellington Zoo

Firmly etched in local memory; from 1927 to 1983 the Taj Mahal inspired Elephant House was the hillside residence of the famous elephants at Wellington Zoo.

The new Zoo Hub features that iconic dome topped facade, together with new metal and rammed earth walls and a translucent canopy roof to house a tuckshop with dining courtyard, catering kitchen, accessible toilets and the Scaly Nursery reptile exhibit. A dramatic new pavilion for events or a casual break fronts the proposed sculptural children's playground and completes the Hub; ready to form new memories in the minds of young Wellingtonians and tourists alike.

Wellington Zoo Hub

The Zoo Hub combines unique materials, forms and colours to complement the existing Elephant House facade and other buildings and features at the Zoo, while also providing a dramatic statement for this new facility.

Wellington Zoo
Blue building exterior
The Zoo Hub

The rammed earth walls of the Scaly Nursery were inspired by the lizard inhabitants and their natural habitats. Painted canopy beams, walls and doors in the Hub echo the earth and grassland colours and give visual interest to the economic timber structure. The earth and grassland colours used are Resene Karma, Resene Gimblet, Resene Wazzup, Resene Fuel Yellow and Resene Bittersweet.

Wellington Zoo outdoor dining

Whitewashed Indian blues inspired the colour choice for the Elephant House facade, with Resene Metallic Gold to the domes tying in visually with the other golden yellows and mustards, and the Mojo branding. After a month of on site tests viewed at different times of the day, the selected blue was Resene Botticelli, with Resene Gothic for the window frames and trims.

Wellington Zoo outdoor dining 2
Wellington Zoo outdoor dining 3

The innovative aluminium structure of the pavilion is dramatised with the use of a high gloss black paint finish in contrast with the white plastic wrapped roof. The use of black provides continuity throughout the project on most of the metal surfaces.

Yellow building
Wellington Zoo outdoor dining 4
Wellington Zoo outdoor dining 5
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Colours used: Resene BitterSweet, Resene Black, Resene Botticelli, Resene Fuel Yellow, Resene Gimblet, Resene Gold, Resene Gothic, Resene Karma, Resene Wazzup.

Products used: Resene Enamacryl, Resene Enamacryl Metallic, Resene Lumbersider, Resene Lustacryl.

Architectural Specifier: Assembly Architects Ltd
Contractor: Naylor Love Ltd
Colour Selection: Louise Wright, Assembly Architects Ltd
Interior Designer: Tuck shop interior fitout by Allistar Cox, other areas Assembly Architects Ltd
Painting Contractor: Kensington and Associates
Photographer: Mike Heydon, Jet Productions Ltd

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