Santiago Metropolitan Park covers an area of 722 ha. at San Cristobal Hill. Inside the park, the 5,6 ha. Zoo was founded at 1925. This historical condition involves a question of some complexity: the difficulties of space for animals are opposed to the virtue in their location, close to the city in a slope with a strong natural character and an open view of Santiago.
The relationship between time and place transforms the different places in of a sort of a built organism, structured by a general path that works as the largest element, which has received a series of constructions and watching balconies that are the tour of the Zoo.
The three-dimensional condition of the hill determinates the whole complex, which generates a series of mismatches. The Nursery is a building where mammals will be raised at first level, and cold rain forest amphibians at the top level. The temperatures of each compartment, five in total, must be independently controlled.
Photography by Marcos Mendizabal