Wild Walls London

Saturday and Sunday 13-14 September            All Day  10 am to 5:30 pm            Included in Zoo entry

Penguin Pool at London Zoo

(Berthold Lubetkin 1934)




How to get there ?


London Zoo is on the north-east corner of Regents Park. By tube it is a 15 minute walk from either Camden Town (Northern), Swiss Cottage (Jubilee) or Regents Park (Bakerloo). There is pay-and-display parking in the park. Once in the Zoo the Penguin Pool is in the south eastern part of the Zoo and is clearly signposted



The film program runs all day at the Penguin Pool.

Film Program

'The New Architecture at the London Zoo' by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1936).

Whilst the penguins waddle happily up the swirling ramps of Berthold Lubetkin's Penguin Pool at London Zoo Londoners, no doubt all living in far humbler and certainly more old-fashioned abodes, look on admiringly at these plump inhabitants of utopia. This 1936 film promoting Lubetkin's zoo architecture was made by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, the emigre Hungarian artist, designer, photographer and Bauhaus visionary. This short, silent black and white movie is shot as a seemingly unbroken curve of motion, the camera's arcing progress suggesting the freedom and energy of a modern metropolis, one that happens to be inhabited by penguins.


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Thanks to the Claire Robinson, Head of Education at the Zoological Society of London

Copyright The Felix Trust for Art, 2003