Polar Bear Habitat


My Contribution

concept design

Outdoor Exhibit


Building Facility


Not only were the species demanding, particularly the alluring polar bears, but the enclosure itself held historical significance, imposing limitations due to the requirements of historical restoration. Adhering to these restrictions, we reimagined the old, historic facility as a modern habitat capable of accommodating a mixed group of polar bears.

The habitat, split into two areas, provided the flexibility necessary for a mother bear to safely and peacefully rear her cub, meeting their unique needs.

The ability to open or close different sections of the habitat offered improved management, diversified options for the animals, and empowered them to make choices.

Considerable attention was directed towards enhancing the visitor experience. Situated at the entrance of the zoo, we aimed to design something distinctive and highly appealing. This included ample seating, diverse viewing opportunities, educational entertainment, keeper talks, and a training cage.

The project was carried out in cooperation with the architectural studio "Bud Cud."

  • Dedicated space for the mother and baby with a designated birthing den.
  • Primary building for the remainder of the group with multiple dens for management flexibility.
  • Training cage for medical purposes and adherence to the latest safety protocols for keepers.
  • Functional spaces for keepers to tend to the animals' needs in enrichment and food preparation.
  • First floor housing modern offices, meeting rooms, and staff facilities.
  • Outdoor habitats feature water features: deep areas for grown-up animals and shallow sections for the young ones.
  • About 75% of the dry area in the habitat is covered with natural substrate.
  • Welfare solutions and enrichments such as fans, misters, and designated cooling areas.

Designing the Warsaw Zoo project presented a fresh challenge.