With the height of its inhabitants of paramount consideration, the Giraffe House at Auckland Zoo, designed as a collaboration between local architecture practices Glamuzina Paterson and Monk Mackenzie, was created to comfortably accommodate in harmony, both the long necked animals and their human keepers. Playing with the verticality of the space, the roofline varies from three to ten metres in height. The angular animal house presents functionality and operational overlap, where two internal dens allow for the easy interaction between the giraffes and their caregivers. Inside a mezzanine overlooks both sides of the interior while clerestory windows allow natural light into the space.
Photography by Mark Smith and Jonny Davis