CAGES FOR MACAWS IN THE PALM GROVE OF BARCELONA ZOO
The palm grove in the Parc de la Ciutadella is a small 1500 m2 garden comprising a vast collection of palm trees at varying heights and thick tropical bushes. It has always been used as a macaw habitat. Its remote location and the noisy, colourful presence of the birds create an exotic oasis within the park and a unique area in the city centre.
The design of the cage was developed by following the zoo technicians’ guidelines. The total surface of each unit is 21.5 m2, of which 14.4 m2 are visible to the general public. The rest is divided into a 5.2 m2 “sleeping area” and a 4.9 m2 maintenance corridor. The main structure of the cage is composed of several metal tubes that lean in, bend and are joined at the top like bundled, metal sheaves.
The project focused on designing the cage with intricacy and repetition, such that it would establish order in the garden while guiding visitors along the path. The main criterion was to arrange the cages in an apparently random way that would consistently offer different perspectives while also creating a picturesque system with no rules and that continuously surprises. It coexists with the palm grove by merging into the seclusion and enhancing the exotic nature around it.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE DURANY, JOAN ROIG DURÁN, ARCHITECTS