Fordingbridge has provided a striking glulaminated timber structure for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The stunning new building is the new home to a diverse range of butterflies and a contrasting animal counterpart, crocodiles!
Utilising Fordingbridge's signature curved timber aesthetic, the structure consists of nine 16m long glulaminated timber arches, designed by the architect to echo the shape of a butterflies’ wing. To create the right internal environment, the building is clad using a twin-skin polythene technology in a similar manner to ETFE. This acts as an insulation layer whilst also being a translucent material, creating a visual connection between the interior and the outside park.
The project is an example of advanced timber design and manufacturing due to the tight radius of the curve and also demonstrating a metal flitch plate connection.
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