Cornell University College of Art, Architecture and Planning
Core Design Studio I, Fall 2016
Professors Caroline O’Donnell & Sasa Zivkovic
The MEERKAT PAVILION is located in the Cornell Plantations Zoo. This enclosure houses several meerkats and becomes an interactive viewing experience for the visitors. The pavilion consists of crane-like diggers that the zookeepers use to recycle the dirt in the meerkat’s habitat. A window in the pavilion acts as a section cut through the meerkats’ elaborate burrows beneath the ground. The pavilion acts as an analogy, a sort of human abstraction of the meerkat’s life – instead of being endowed with shovel-like claws in order to do digging, humans can rely on mechanical digging machines to carry out similar work.
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