The Casson Building at London Zoo, more popularly known as the elephant house, has been used as an interim space for other large mammals since ZSL’s elephants were moved to Whipsnade. ZSL were looking for a long-term purpose for this landmark listed building.
Auk devised a vision for the future of the Casson Pavilion; to convert it into a flexible exhibition space housing a series of major and mind-changing exhibitions that immerse visitors in ZSL’s international work and bring matters of global conservation concern to a London audience. The interior conversion was sympathetic to the building’s listed status and doubled as a conference and event space that could be hired out to provide vital revenue.
Auk’s vision attended to the immediate needs for the Casson Pavilion, and also provided a long-term and sustainable plan of phased development that could transform the building into a world class exhibition space and encourage a new generation of visitors to fall in love with a unique and architecturally important building.
We also devised an outline of commercially viable exhibitions that should attract investment from major funders.