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Habitat Africa and The Forest

Brookfield, Illinois
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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.

Client
Brookfield Zoo
Size
9500 SF
Awards
2001 Design Distinction Award - Environments - I.D. Magazine

2001 American Architecture Award - Chicago Athenaeum

2001 Divine Detail Award - AIA Chicago

2002 Distinguished Building Award - AIA Chicago
Energy Use Intensity
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Scope
Architecture
New Construction