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Diergaarde Blijdorp / Zoo Blijdorp ( S. van Ravesteyn )
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ZOO BLIJDORP
S. VAN RAVESTEYN, 1937-1941
Van Aerssenlaan 49, Rotterdam

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Sybold van Ravesteyn

ARTIST:
Pieter den Besten
Leen Bolle
Agnes Canta
Dick Elffers
Willem van Kuilenburg
Jo Uiterwaal
Piet Worm

BUILDING TYPE:
Cinemas and theatres
Landscape architecture

PUBLICATIONS:
Bouwkundig Weekblad 1959 p. 146; H. Blotkamp e.a. - S. van Ravesteyn, 1977; Joh. de Vries - Diergaarde Blijdorp, 1986; Architectuur Rotterdam 1890-1945, 1991; H. Baaij, J. Oudenaarden - Monumenten uit Rotterdam, 1992; C.S. Oldenburger-Ebbers - Gids voor de Nederlandse tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur, 1995; M. Scharlemann, J.-D. Koudijs - S. van Ravesteyn (1889-1983), 2005, A. Gerritsen - Iets grootsch & buitengewoons. 150 jaar Rotterdamse Diergaarde, Rotterdam 2007
Indoor and outdoor accommodations of animals are grouped along the principal axis following the length of the park. The main block, the Rivièrahal, adjoins the houses for primates, pachyderms and tropical fauna. Each building's decoration sets out to symbolize its occupants' place of origin. The curve, a recurring formal theme in Van Ravesteyn's work, is to be found here in abundance. Many of the buildings have been altered or replaced over the years at the cost of the overall concept, not least due to the additional entrance in the new extension. The Rivièrahal is earmarked for restoration.