Revamped Bear Ravine snow stunning!

Today’s wintry weather shows off our near-restored Tecton Bear Ravine in its true splendour.


The snow-covered branches of the trees behind the Modernist building provide a gorgeous backdrop for the iconic structure which is now just weeks away from completion.

Final touches, including painting work and new handrails, is expected to be finished in the next few weeks.

The restoration work on the Bear Ravine is part of Phase Two of DZG’s £1.15million Heritage Lottery-funded Tecton programme to restore Berthold Lubetkin’s pioneering structures to their former glory.

The Construction Supervisor, Carlo Diponio, who took the snowy picture, said: “When I arrived and saw how magnificent the building looked in the snow I just had to take a picture.

“There was also a fantastic moment earlier this week when the scaffolding came down and we got our first glimpse of this amazing building.

“It was a very proud moment for me and the team of specialist concrete repairers who have done such a tremendous job.”

DZG has the world’s largest single Tecton collection – with all 12 buildings gaining World Monuments Fund status in 2009.

The Bear Ravine is considered by many to be the most impressive of Lubetkin’s zoo structures.