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* Architecture: The Metamorphosis of the Great Rock by Peter Kis Atelier

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 31 May 2012

Architecture: The Metamorphosis of the Great Rock by Peter Kis Atelier: “..a refurbishment for ‘the great rock’ at the budapest zoo in hungary, executed by peter kis atelier of hungarian practice PLANT. initially constructed between 1909 and 1912, original plans to expand the constrained size of the 10 hectare zoo by inhabiting the space beneath the hollow form were halted due to budget constraints and the onset of world war I..constructed with 6-12 inch thick portland cement, the artificial earthform uses a lattice structure to support the 8,000 cubic meters of concrete to create the appearance of a craggy dolomite terrain. based upon the ‘egyeskő’ peak in transylvania, the 34 meter tall representation covers an area of 4,700 square meters..”  Geothermal energy, light-wells, imposing support beams..intriguing space..

image: © zsolt batár, courtesy of peter kis atelier; article: Designboom

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