The design forms part of an ambitious 120 bed four star hotel for Chester Zoo located within the African Savannah Sector of the Zoo. The design concept echos African vernacular architecture, which is characterised by the curved timber grid shell structure, integrating the hotel into the landscape. At ground floor a reflecting pool continues inside the entry lobby with a feature aquarium. The restaurant is located in the ‘African round house’.
The hotel design aims to promote bio-diversity and assist in breaking the visual and in some cases tactile thresholds between human and natural world. At upper floor levels, all rooms are designed with balconies overlooking the animals to underpin George Mottershead’s vision of a “zoo without bars”.