Situated in the picturesque town of Brugelette in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, Paira Daiza is one of the oldest and most prestigious privately owned zoo and botanical gardens in Europe. It is home to over 4,000 animals from a diverse range of ecosystems.
Early in 2020, the zoo launched its new Land of the Cold attraction, complete with innovative accommodation facilities. The rooms and exhibits provide exceptional views of walruses, penguins and polar bears. Some of the rooms are positioned below the waterline of adjacent tanks, enabling guests to watch polar bears swimming only inches away, on the other side of acrylic windows, from the comfort of their private rooms.
Check out the accommodation on the Pairi Daiza website here:
In total, around 35 viewing systems were produced and installed by AAT, including many flat panels plus domes and a 9.3m long tunnel – nearly 60 tonnes of acrylic in total.
All of the bonds for these acrylic panels were completed in-house. The design of the panels had to consider thermal conduction to ensure that no condensation formed on the windows inside the heated hotel rooms. Additionally the design was refined to use the maximum panel size produced thereby limiting waste acrylic.
Waterproofing was also carried out as part of the project scope.