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Crunchy Zoo Aviary Looks Like a Geodesic Hackysack

Who says architectural nuttiness is going out of style?

Dochodo Island aviary

With Dubai on the ropes, how will we ever whet our appetites for architectural absurdity? One possibility: South Korea. Bouyed by a rising economy, the insanity is flowing thick, including this wacky observatory; this beautiful clothing shop; and this floating building. And now, we can add one eye-popping zoo to the mix.

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JDS Architects created the plan for a zoo on the remote South Korean island of Dochodo. The idea was to create a fully self-sustaining network of buildings, which would each provide the energy they need. Like an eco-system, “symbiotically feeding one another.” Or something.

The animals would get the run of the land (almost like they have now), with valleys dedicated to animal displays, and a mountain peaks reserved for nature preserves. Meanwhile, the energy sources and buildings would be lofted 66 feet off the ground, in a “green belt” which would be topped by solar panels, and would support a tram system for ogling the wildlife.

Dochodo Island

But the big, attention grabber of the whole thing is the aviary (pictured above), which looks like a 20-sided die. Or, if you’re less of a D&D-loving geeky geek and more of a design geek, like a hacky sack designed by Buckminster Fuller. Here it is from the inside:

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Dochodo Island

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Of course, as Inhabitat points out, it’s slightly absurd to put a carbon-neutral zoo on an island reachable only by boats or planes, which we’re assuming is where the solar-powered jet gliders come in. Hey, a guy can dream.

[More pics at Inhabitat]

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Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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