Habitat Africa, The Forest

Brookfield, Illinois, USA

The award-winning Habitat Africa! is a 9,300 square-foot forest exhibit and breeding facility that called for a self-effacing building. Interior and exterior exhibits feature the rare okapi and other animals and birds found in the heart of Central Africa’s Congo River area. Asphalt shingles were chosen as the primary cladding material because of their durability and color variations, allowing the building to meld with its surroundings, yet adding an accent to the site during the Midwestern winter.


Size : 9,300 sq. ft.

2002 Distinguished Building Award

AIA Chicago

2001 Divine Detail Award

AIA Chicago

2001 American Architecture Award

Chicago Athenaeum

2001 Design Distinction Award-Environments

I.D. Magazine




San Francisco

500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-9193