CHIMPS BREEDING COLONY THE GORILLA HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1357402
Date first listed:
14-Sep-1970
Date of most recent amendment:
17-Sep-1970
Statutory Address:
CHIMPS BREEDING COLONY, ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS NW1
Statutory Address:
THE GORILLA HOUSE, OUTER CIRCLE NW1
Statutory Address:
THE GORILLA HOUSE, REGENT'S PARK NW1
Statutory Address:
THE GORILLA HOUSE, ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS NW1

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THE GORILLA HOUSE
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Location

Statutory Address:
CHIMPS BREEDING COLONY, ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS NW1
Statutory Address:
THE GORILLA HOUSE, OUTER CIRCLE NW1
Statutory Address:
THE GORILLA HOUSE, REGENT'S PARK NW1
Statutory Address:
THE GORILLA HOUSE, ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS NW1

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 28094 83571

Details

TQ 2883 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS 6/3 REGENT'S PARK NW1 14.9.70 The Gorilla House (Chimps Breeding Colony) - I Gorilla House. 1932 - 33, by Lubetkin and Tecton with Ove Arup, their first significant commission and their first zoo building for the Zoological Society. Reinforced 4" concrete,steel cage bars, light, insulated panel, revolving screen and sliding glass inner cage windows; asphalted flat roof. Circular plan form governs design which consists of drum with an open cage occupying half the circle and permanent cage with clerestory light to the other half, with entrance and exit swept wings integral to the composition. In winter,the revolving insulated screen closes the open cage, provides sheltered viewing space for the public and allows climatic control with sliding glass windows rising in the dividing wall and air conditioning simulating Congo conditions. The revolving insulated panel screen(housed in summer in the permanent half of the drum) pivots centrally upon ball bearings in a solid steel column and is supported at the outer edge by rollers moving along a steel channel on the upper perimeter. The permanent cage has a small basin and fountain. Seminal Modern Movement building in Britain and the first built application of the highly technical, quasi scientific Tecton research approach to a complex brief producing an uncompromisingly modern design distinguished by a dynamic compositional rhythm over-riding functionalism. Lubetkin and Tecton, Architecture and Social Commitment; Peter Coe and Malcolm Reading.

Listing NGR: TQ2809483571

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
207749
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Coe, P, Reading, M, Lubetkin and Tecton Architecture and Social Commitment, (1981)
Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 17 Greater London

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 18 May 2004
Reference: IOE01/12274/35
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