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PURPOSES & AIMS

 

I'm a multilingual, dynamic and ambitious architect. 

My goal is to improve the welfare of animals in zoos, the quality of staff working environments, and the experience of visitors. My work expresses a place-based approach to design, which is linked to the physical, environmental and cultural characteristics of the project location.

Through design and adequate theming of the enclosures, I encourage a better understanding and appreciation of all aspects of the natural world as well as providing an unforgettable experience for all visitors. 

As a general work ethos, I like to build strong partnerships and positive teamwork. Effective research and attention to detail are important principles. Never missing out on good design and development flair are essential when planning, coordinating and being fully involved in all phases of an architectural project.

 

Success comes from working with people from different backgrounds and in a variety of situations in order to both deepen our knowledge and stimulate innovation. 

ABOUT ME
 

MASTER PLANNIG, CONCEPT DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE 

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LIST OF PROJECTS

 

Polar bear habitat concept design for a zoo in China

- outdoor exhibits 11.555 m2

- building facility 3.210 m2

- visitor area 3.900 m2

 

Master Plan for a Zoo in the Middle East
- concept design 1: total surface 13.800 m2
- concept design 2: total surface 49.400 m2
- concept design 3: total surface 58.800 m2

 

Gorilla exhibit Poland - tender project 

- outdoor exhibits 9.460 m2

- building facility 4.000 m2

 

Gorilla exhibit Indonesia - concept design project

- outdoor exhibits 1.640 m2

- building facility 1.000 m2

 

Gorilla exhibit India - concept design project

- outdoor exhibits 3.300 m2

- building facility 1.113 m2

Gorilla exhibit China - concept design project

- outdoor exhibits 6.400 m2

- building facility 2.352 m2

 

South America mixed exhibit Indonesia - concept design  

- outdoor exhibit 800 m2

- building facility 45 m2

 

 

 

 

 

Selected examples below

 

POLAR BEAR HABITAT 

Zoo in China

 

Total outdoor area: 11.555 m2

Total building facility area: 3.210 m2

Total visitor area: 3.900 m2

Careful consideration was given to the habitat design so that all areas meet the physical, social, behavioural, and psychological needs of the polar bears. The exhibits replicate the wild habitat and in numbers sufficient to meet their social and behavioural needs. With the aid of innovative exhibit design and use of environmental enrichment, polar bears will be housed in a dynamic and stimulating environment that maximizes their welfare.

Elevated climbing structures and platforms will provide the polar bears with accessible vantage points that enable them to observe their habitat, and this serves to increase the sensory complexity of their daily routine. All the elevated areas provided will be designed so that animals of all ages (including cubs) can negotiate them safely without injury. Observations have shown that polar bears seek out soft or smooth surfaces and avoid hard, irregular, or rough surfaces.

When caring for multiple animals, the habitat should be large enough to provide each polar bear with an area that is blocked from view on at least one side from other parts of the exhibit. Exhibits should be viewable by the public for no more than 180° so that animals can avoid each other and the public if they so choose.

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TENDER PROJECT FOR GORILLA EXHIBIT

Wroclaw Zoo, Poland​

Total outdoor area: 9.460 m2

Total building area: 4.000 m2

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The quest was to create a concept for a building that would house three mixed exhibits for several animal species where the primary role was played by a group of western lowland gorillas.

 

The main building included:​

- three Gorilla exhibits 

- exhibits for Mangabeys

   and L’Hoest's monkeys

- an aviary 

- aquarium and terrariums

- hoofstock stables

- conference room

- projection room

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The three exhibits were connected by several glass tunnels giving the animals choice and great flexibility easily managed by the keepers.

The visitors could enjoy unique features like tunnels, galleries, and climbing walls.

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The outdoor area was formed by three islands with possible connections between them. Many features were designed to suit the animals needs making their habitat variated.

The guideline for the landscape design was inspired by African bai. The visitors followed one-way path with tunnels, peepholes and many view points each on a different level.

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SOUTH AMERICA MIXED EXHIBIT

Batu Secret Zoo, Indonesia

Total outdoor area: 800 m2

Total holding house area: 45 m2

The client request was to create a concept design for a mixed exhibit for several species native to South America. The theming was inspired in Maya art and the exhibits were designed as stone ruins surrounded by a jungle inhabited by local fauna.

Visual details and decorations carved in local stone were set in a varied landscape. The slide for the otters would end in a shared pool with a jaguar separated by an invisible barrier.

MIXED EXHIBIT FOR ORANGUTAN, GIBBONS AND OTTERS

Zoo in Indonesia

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CONGO HABITAT
Batu Secret Zoo, Indonesia
 
Total outdoor area: 4.821 m2
 

This location was chosen as it represents a unique possibility to integrate several parts of the zoo into one consistent African ecosystem. It would present an opportunity to create several mixed exhibits that would add value to the zoo. It would also be a great moment to improve the welfare of life and the habitat for many species. The visitors could experience an unforgettable journey through Congo lands. 

The aim is to create exhibits that will promote natural behaviour in all the species, as well as replicates their natural habitat. An African teaming would add to the experience and aesthetics of the project.

Credible and natural habitats are characterized by vegetation, soil colour, smells and sounds. The exhibits will have an undulating topography and will include features like waterfalls, ponds, moat, rock outcrops, fallen logs, shelters, and various canopy levels.

The visitors will have the opportunity to see the animals through observation points each different in shape and form. The right construction style, materials as also graphic design all add to a credible impression.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ZOO BRANDING

Visual identity is a basic element of zoo identity. It allows to stand out and leave a positive trace in the guest memory. Most people are visual learners, evaluate and remember mostly images. Therefore planned, coherent and attractive visual identity is the basis for building brand awareness in the minds of visitors. With consistent and planned identify the zoo has a chance to build positive associations about themselves.

Visual identification deals with the „graphic chaos”, which takes place when each batch of promotional materials, has nothing in common with the previous batch, which often happens when marketing messages are produced by various departments of an institution or when one advertising campaign is being carried out by several agencies.

VISUAL IDENTIFICATION
Warsaw Zoo visual identification

 
 

The aim of this project was to create a flexible exhibit with on show and of show area for the apes. According to local legislation, the zoos are forced to house orangutans from illegal trade. That creates a big problem of space and housing facilities that meet animal welfare.   

 

Zoo map

 

The goal of visual identification is to draw attention and make visitors interested in the zoo. For that purpose, a new map was designed. The map can be found in a  leaflet where the guest can find all sort of information about the zoo. It is also used on boards around the park to help wayfinding.

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Animal logotypes

 

As our environment is visually saturated, it’s very important to choose a solution which is exceptional and original – it has to be simple, bold, memorable, it has to reflect the essence of the Zoo character. Moreover, it has to be suitable for any type of publicity campaigns or marketing purposes.

64 new animal logotypes represent the animal collection of the zoo. Each logotype individually drawn represents the most outstanding characteristic of the species.

Zoo guide

 

The design of the zoo guide is based on a modern and simple layout, very approachable and easy to understand for visitors. Designing the template for printing its necessary to remember about legibility –an optimum font size was used for comfort reading. At the end of the booklet, one can find the new map with all the logos of the animals.

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Animal description boards

 

All description boards from the animal exhibits have been replaced with new modern look layout easy to interpret by all age visitors. Specially created and designed language of symbols and icons provide information about the animal's life and their individual features.  

Thanks to multiple reproductions and thus, exposure, symbols and icons are remembered and recognized by visitors. The Zoo set of colours was used in all marketing materials, leaflets, zoo guide, panels and boards as well as on all advertisements.

Annual entrance card

 

A meticulously designed system of visual identification evokes positive emotions among clients and helps build up desired associations, interest and trust. A unique annual card was designed for lovers of the zoo. Available at the ticket office.

 

Business cards

 

The business cards of the team were designed so that they preserve a coherent optical code defined by visual identification of the zoo. Properly exposed signature, complying with the zoo set of colours and its typography.

Entrance tickets

 

Five different designs for the entrance ticket were created. Each with a set of animal logotypes always applying the same colour palette and spacing the elements to allow free space which creates light.

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Thanks to multiple reproductions and thus, exposure, symbols and icons are remembered and recognized by visitors. The Zoo set of colours was used in all marketing materials, leaflets, zoo guide, panels and boards as well as on all advertisements.

Advertising should be quick to recognise and remember and the graphic symbol should be easy to notice. Providing good memories in the guests we build a positive relationship for the future.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is perfect for the education of the visitors and different aspects of zoo marketing strategy.

 

As an architect passionate about photography last year in partnership with Warsaw zoo we have created a new guide for the zoo.  Photography sessions were as rewarding as the final result.

 

Never has it been so easy to capture aerial images. The drone is undoubtedly the wildest photography development in recent memory. Like a remote-controlled toy for the photo obsessed, drones are as much fun as they are revolutionary.

 

I offer zoo photography shoots including, animals and staff portraits. Restaurants also need special attention as they can be presented in a very appealing way to the guests.

 

After sessions the collected material is  processed  and prepared for any public relation or education purposes.

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Tierpark Berlin, Germany

Pairi Daiza, Belgium

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Warsaw Zoo, Poland

Warsaw Zoo, Poland

Pairi Daiza, Belgium

Taman Safari, Indonesia

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Batu Secret Zoo, Indonesia

Warsaw Zoo, Poland

 
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