Zuest Station at Walkabout Australia

It takes a lot of detail and thought to create new – “old” architecture. Throw in animals and their habitats and a sloping site to create interesting program challenges. All The architecture must feel as if it has existed for many years to create a sense of space to support educational messages. Zuest Station is an Aussie woolshed nestled in the Kangaroo, Tree Kangaroo and Cassowary environments.

Sometimes themed buildings are not considered real architecture, however, these structures have quite the program of requirements and have to look good doing it. Indoors provides respite, education and views of the tree kangaroo habitat while the viewing continues outside with deck space and more views. The Woolshed’s deck rails seamlessly double as the perimeter of the cassowary habitat.

The woolshed uses masonry walls and a steel structure to support decorative recycled corrugated cladding and old wood “faux structure”, floors and tree branch guardrails. The lower level of the woolshed houses intricate support facilities a kitchen, office space, and indoor animal areas.

All of the complexities these spaces entail for inhabitants, guests and animal specialists have been taken into account to create a great experience and practical support facilities behind the scenes.

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