Client: Marwell Zoo – Hampshire, UK
Project: Tropical House Fit-out Design
Categories: 3D Design
Date: Sept-Oct 2017
We worked with Nautilus Attraction Developments to develop the fit out and theming design package for the new Tropical House project at Marwell Zoo, which opened in 2018.
We worked closely with the Marwell animals and planting team to create a design which would work well for both visitors and the various creatures on display, which includes 2 sloths, tamarin monkeys, monitor lizards, leaf cutter ants and various bird and rodent species.
By creating a 3D computer generated model of the house, using the architectural plans and M&E designs, we were able to work through potential problems and issues early on, before work would start on the building construction.
We had regular design meetings with the Marwell staff where we could adapt the model live on a big screen which meant that the guys there could really get involved with landscaping and enclosure layout.
We then presented the model in Virtual Reality to all the trades and management involved, which was a great way of the construction team being able to confirm or flag up any issues which may come up in the follow months of construction.
Some of the team were concerned about the large dome ceiling and whether it would be high enough to house the large planting which will eventually grow up into the roof space. Once the meeting was over everyone was relieved to know that, from viewing the house to scale in VR, this would no longer be seen as an issue.
We are really proud of this one, and the Nautilus Theming & construction team have done a fantastic job of the finished project.