Taronga Zoo Chimpanzee Enclosure - Sydney 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   Separation Enclosure for Chimpanzees.

The Taronga Zoos’ chimpanzee troop is one of the largest captive groups in the world with recognized wild behavior patterns and a sophisticated social hierarchy.  With its population including four maturing sub-adult males jockeying and promoting themselves within the group, the zoo cited a need for the construction of a fully enclosed and semi-transparent separation paddock within the chimpanzee exhibit to allow the chimpanzees to be easily divided as needed, without moving them to an entirely new location, and thus avoiding potential commotion.

The Seperation Enclosure:

  • facilitates the introduction of new chimpanzee females to maintain the genetic pool.
  • provides the necessary infrastructure for the current troop management strategy and philosophies.
  • permits the troop to remain outside in summer unsupervised where this was previously not possible.
  • maximizes viewing time for the public.

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Overview of Cablenet Structures

The modern cablenet structures burst on the international scene with the Expo 67 German Pavilion constructed in Montreal, Canada.

This was a larger version of the cablenet roof prototype designed by Frei Otto's team and used now to house the IL at the University of Stuggart.

Australia can bost a very early cable net structure in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. 

The next structure, and the most famous is the impressive stadiums for the Munich Olympics designed by Frei Otto.

Highly stressed cable trusses are also used to support flat glass surfaces now common for facades.

Perth Zoo Wetlands & Penguin Enclosure

Entrant:                           Structural Dynamics Australia

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4966

  • Location:                     Perth Zoo, WA

  • Client:                         Government of WA - Department of Finance

  • Completion Date:          January 2012


  • Architect:                     Pritchard Francis

  • Structural Engineer:      Pritchard Francis

  • Builder:                       The Slatter Group, WA

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    Zoological Enclosure

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Structural Dynamics was contracted by The Slatter Group WA to assist with the design, material selection/supply and installation of a lightweight zoological enclosure that would cover an area of 90 meters long, 34 meters wide and 10 meters high.

The enclosure was covering two existing exhibits at the Perth Zoo, namely the penguin display and wetlands area, so needed to have minimal impact on the existing flora and infrastructure.

Pritchard Francis had already conducted the majority of the structural design and calculations of loads - Structural Dynamics assisted both The Slatter Group WA and Pritchard Francis with final material specifications to meet demanding requirements.

With such a large open enclosure that needed to be visually appealing for visitors as well as transparent for the exhibits inhabitants the challenge was to specify materials that met demanding load specifications but at the same time provided a light weight alternative that had minimal visual impact on the surrounding exhibits.

Surry Hills Community Centre

Entrant:           Aurecon - Sydney – Designer
Location:          405 Crown Street - Surry Hills NSW 2010
Client:             Austress Freyssinet
Architect:        FJMT
Struct. Eng.:    Aurecon - Facade Engineer
Others:           Taylor Thomson Whitting - Concept Design
Builder:            Austress Freyssinet / Probuild