Flying acrobats under an elegant Webnet roof
Atlantic Puffin Habitat, Animal Park Dählhölzli
This dynamic rope and netting structure was assembled on site by Jakob Rope Systems. It is a home for 28 Atlantic Puffins, 6 Arctic Terns, and 2 Golden Plovers. The ‘Sea Parrots’ plunge into the cold water from high cliffs with thrashing wing movements. They let the waves wash them ashore or dive into the water and continue their ‘flight’ submerged. This unique form of locomotion under water can be experienced through 2-meter high observation windows.
Architect: Patrick Thurston, Berne
Webnet Ø 1.5 mm, mesh 25 mm, 400 square metres
Five primary ropes Ø 14.0, 16.0, 22.0, 26.0 and 36.0 mm