Pairi Daiza – BELGIUM
A place Pairi Daiza, a privately-owned zoo and botanical garden located on the site of the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey in Brugelette (Belgium), transports visitors on a journey around the world with animals from every corner. This 65-hectare park, with many historic buildings and centuries-old trees, is home to more than 7,000 animals from around the world. Active in numerous scientific programmes for the protection and breeding of endangered species, the owners hope to make visitors aware of the beauty and fragility of nature.
A need The zoo owners, who are constantly providing new experiences for visitors, decided to extend the opening hours into the evening and provide themed evenings and various shows. They needed a lighting solution that would preserve the biodiversity of the park and its exceptional landscape, fit discreetly into the landscape, provide functional and atmospheric lighting and act as a support for a PA system, WiFi and signposting.
A Schréder STUDIO solution The main criteria for the lighting was to avoid disturbing the animals. Pairi Daiza opted for 6m high SHUFFLEs and 3.2m high “mini” versions equipped with three lighting modules and sandblasted protectors. All of them were customised by Schréder STUDIO. The columns were painted in a specific colour, practically identical to corten steel to blend into the landscape literally. Conscious that people today want to share their experiences on social media and look up access the Internet, the owners wanted to provide free WiFi throughout the site. The modularity of the SHUFFLE enabled the access points to be integrated into the column, providing a discreet yet aesthetic solution with no impact on the landscape. Pairi Daiza had specific requests for broadcasting background music to immerse visitors in each world and to make announcements during the shows. Each column has been equipped with two high-performance loudspeakers to ensure high-quality sound. The signposting in the park also had to be updated. As the zoo is continually growing and offering new services, an easy-to-use, flexible system was needed. Conveniently located throughout the site, the SHUFFLE columns were the ideal support for the signs. Schréder STUDIO created and integrated specific supports and fixing clips on the column to easily change the individual signs.
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