Terri Meyer Boake BES BArch MArch LEED AP
Professor :: School of Architecture :: University of Waterloo

London Zoo Aviary
Lord Snowdon

1962 - 64

London, England



by Tony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon), Cedric Price and Frank Newby

The aviary looks almost weightless - like a bird. Its frame was pioneering in that it made use of aluminium, and in that it was an example of a kind of engineering that uses tension to support its structure. A giant net 'skin' is wrapped around a skeleton of poles - paired diagonal 'sheer legs' at either end, each lined to a three-sided pyramid or 'tetrahedron' - which is held in position only by cables.


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Updated February 2, 2007