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Modernist penguins. Penguin pool at London zoo by Berthold Lubetkin. Constructed in 1934.

Modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin designed the London Zoo Penguin pool in 1934

The Modernist style Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Regent's Park, London UK [Berthold Lubetkin / Tecton, 1934] was constructed with dual spiral concrete ramps, and quickly became a favourite for the zoo's visitors. However, when restoration work was needed in 2004, the penguins were moved out temporarily to a nearby duck pond, which they much preferred, so they refused to move back to their famous architectural masterpiece! Listed Grade I

The Modernist style Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Regent's Park, London UK…

onceuponanarchitecture:  Penguin Pool @ London Zoo. Berthold Lubetkin http://www.themodernist.co.uk/2011/09/modernist-of-the-month-berthold-lubetkin-architect/

The 1934 Penguin Pool at London Zoo designed by Berthold Lubetkin - no longer used but preserved and listed Grade 2

lubetkin + ove arup / london zoo penguin pool, 1934

Penguin Pool, London Zoo, Regent’s Park, Design: Berthold Lubetkin,

Under Construction. Concrete reinforcing clearly visible. Penguin Pool, London Zoo, Regent’s Park, 1933-1934.

Concrete reinforcement at the London Zoo penguin pool by Tecton/Lubetkin

jonasgrossmann: “ penguin pool, london zoo, by berthold lubetkin, 1934 @ architectmagazine ”

Koren writes that sinuous concrete works such as Berthold Lubetkin’s 1934 Penguin Pool for the London Zoo are “three-dimensional poetry.” Here, a double helix imperceptibly adjoins an encasing structure for a whimsical moment in modernism.

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