Snowdon Aviary, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Cedric Price, Frank Newby & Lord Snowdon, 1965.
|:||View across pedestrian bridge, crossing aviary. Snowdon Aviary, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Cedric Price, Frank Newby & Lord Snowdon, 1965.|
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|:||Snowdon Aviary, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Cedric Price, Frank Newby & Lord Snowdon, 1965.|
|:||Cedric Price, Frank Newby & Lord Snowdon|
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|:||The Snowdon Aviary was Britain's first walk-through aviary and was also the second-largest aviary in the world when constructed. The Aviary belongs to the vigorous British strain of informal exhibition architecture that was particularly important in the 1950s and early 1960s with its strong feeling for the picturesque, and with the impetus of the Festival of Britain. The all-over netting, geometry and structural system all suggest the influence of R Buckminster Fuller. It also enabled a light, see-through effect in which the distinction between the inside and the outside is blurred. Both birds and spectators had greater freedom than in previous aviaries. Desmond Morris called it 'one of the curiosities of swinging-London architecture ... it hasn't dated in the least' (London Magazine, July 1994). In exploiting the drama of structural daring the Snowdon Aviary looked forward to the work of the so-called 'High Tech' architects of the 1970s and 1980s, notably Richard Rogers. It is also an important part of the British engineering tradition, as Rayner Banham recognised: 'It belongs to the tough-minded stream whose triumphs are the palm house at Kew Gardens, or Paxton's Victoria Regina house at Chatsworth' Foster & Partners are significantly refurbishing the structure Grade II* listed|
|:||Snowdon Aviary; architecture; Zoo; Europe; United Kingdom; London; 1965; 20th Century; Frank Newby & Lord Snowdon; 2 people; incidental people; Copy space; general view; day; exterior; birds; London Zoo; walk-through; Festival of Britain; exhibition architecture; netting; structural system; British engineering; high-tech; Cedric Price; Frank Newby; Lord Snowdon; Antony Armstrong-Jones; visitor attraction; tourist attraction; bridge; pedestrian bridge; tree; passerby|