Bonsai-pavilion, Zoo

Though many come to the Budapest Zoo to see the animals, the Japanese garden (rebuilt according to the plans of Fuimo Sugimura and Tamás Bíró between 1998 and 2000) is worth seeing from both a botanical and an architectural point of view. The National Bonsai Collection residing here was founded upon the 25 plants received from the Japanese-Hungarian Friendship Society, and was amended by Hungarian collectors. Since the only building in a traditional Japanese garden is the teahouse, the pavilion hosting the collection is devoid of characteristic architectural elements (walls, doors or roof) and it reminds one of a bamboo grove growing among the trees of the park. The glass fence winding by the larch wood posts provides protection for the small trees; the wooden structure placed on the level of the foliage provides shading. The studio of Péter Kis has been taking part in the reconstruction of the Zoo for more than a decade. Their work was the refurbishment of the monkey house and the rodent house among the older buildings (dating back to the beginning of the 20th century), the modern hill house where cassowaries and kangaroos live, and the pavilion of the zoo shop by the main entrance.

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