Nest-like pods made from recycled timber and rattan have been built as part of the new Lemur exhibit at Melbourne Zoo.

Designed by Snowdown Architects, the walk-through exhibit, which features an Entry Tunnel and Tree House, provides visitors with the opportunity to become immersed in the simulated rainforest environment and to interact with the Lemurs.

The viewing pods are woven from rattan and supported by structures made from black steel and recycled timber.

A series of elevated walkways connects the pods, offering visitors views of the Lemur enclosure.

The new exhibit also reuses parts of the existing structure, including a moat altered to accommodate a new waterway.

The project was built in collaboration between the Melbourne Zoo, Urban Initiatives as landscape architects and Arterial Design as interpretive designers.

Images: Drew Echberg Photographer

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