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  Where all the penguins gone ?
by sourbugger

London Zoo has a number of important buildings that it is duty bound to preserve. The penguin pool designed by Berthold Lubetkin in 1934 is a prime example. As a grade I listed building they couldn't even add a bit of electric fence to keep out the local London Foxes who occassionally made off with one of these fantastic creature. In fact the whole structure was pretty useless to Penquins as it overheated and the spiraling ramps were a major health and safety hazard - if you were a penguin.

When I last visited it was completely empty, but I believe they use it mainly for porcupines nowadays, the penguins having been moved to a new enclosure.

As a piece of modernist architecture (the reason it is in these off the beaten path tips) it still stands up well. The interlocking white spirals of the two ramps is an icon of this design period.

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  • Written Mar 7, 2008
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