Construction news: Hellabrunn Zoo opens Info Pavilion for Elephant House
Hellabrunn Zoo opened a new Info Pavilion opposite the Elephant House just in time for the Christmas season. Here, visitors can learn more about the history of the Elephant House - currently a building site - and the renovation work now in progress on the historic building. The Info Pavilion invites visitors to become involved in the development of one of the most spacious, forward-thinking elephant houses in Europe.
Until now, the visitors have not seen much of the construction site, apart from the crane in operation and the construction hoarding. However, this is about to change. The new pavilion offers visitors a lot of interesting facts about the construction project via information panels and screens: floor plans, sections and visualisations, as well as images of the construction site, the elephants' temporary home, the demolition of the dome, etc. "We will update the information displayed in the pavilion on a regular basis," says zoo director Rasem Baban.
The new Info Pavilion is also special for another reason. The pavilion is actually a large aviary in which kea, a New Zealand species of parrot, previously lived. It has now been lovingly renovated and features a stream, a small pond and a nature path. The pavilion invites visitors to take a break and enjoy views of the construction site and the zoo from a new perspective. "The Elephant House is the landmark of Hellabrunn," says Christine Strobl, Mayor and Chairman of the zoo. "The renovation is a very important project not only for the zoo, but also for the city of Munich and its citizens. It’s great to hear that visitors will now be able to learn more about the project at the Info Pavilion."
The opening of the new Elephant House is scheduled for summer 2016. A lot is expected to happen on the construction site until then. It is therefore worthwhile stopping by the new Info Pavilion, opposite the site, from time to time.