The design of the elephant house is derived from the natural habitat of the asian elephants that are being kept in the Zoo in Karlsruhe.
It relates to the rainforest with its dense stock of trees and treetop canopy using it as an abstract image for the architectural concept. Load-bearing columns appear like tree trunks and skylights penetrate the solid roof, referring to clearings of a forest. The subtle irregularity of the construction elements creates a playful composition within a strict system. The interior and exterior of the elephant house including the water basin follow this design concept.
The Zoological Garden in Karlsruhe is adding a new elephant house and a new ticket office to its facilities. Furthermore the "Tullabad" an existing indoor aquatic centre located in the adjacent park is being added to the Zoo and converted into a vivarium for birds and reptiles together with a restaurant and a zoological education centre.