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Studio Gang’s Curvaceous Wood Pavilion at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 10, 2011 @ 6:30 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment

south pond pavilion, lincoln park zoo, studio gang architects, prefab pavilion, wetland rehabilitation, green design, sustainable architecture [1]

Image © Beth Zacherle

Studio Gang Architects [2]‘ design for the South Pond Pavilion was inspired by the tortoise shell. It features pre-fabricated wooden planks [3] that have been interconnected and milled to form the curving structural members. The top of the pavilion is covered semi-transparent fiberglass pods, which let light filter in while still protecting those underneath. Yoga classes and other educational programs use the pavilion regularly.

The pavilion [4] is part of a larger redevelopment of the pond at the Lincoln Park Zoo designed by Studio Gang. Their project largely consists of rehabilitating a dilapidated, 19th century urban park pond fed by city tap water into an exhibit on pond life. The depth of the pond was increased to improve oxygenation for aquatic life, and a wetland [5] was engineered along the water’s edge with new plantings and drainage to encourage new wildlife and vegetation. A boardwalk made from recycled plastic now circles the pond and includes educational kiosks.

+ Studio Gang Architects [6]

+ Lincoln Park Zoo [7]

Lead Image © John Picken [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/curvaceious-wood-pavilion-at-chicagos-lincoln-park-zoo/south-pond-pavilion-beth-zacherle-2/

[2] Studio Gang Architects: http://www.studiogang.net/

[3] pre-fabricated wooden planks: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/04/latticed-french-pavilion-shades-a-green-walled-interior/

[4] pavilion: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/23/beautiful-german-pavillion-made-from-1300-shipping-pallets/

[5] wetland: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/18/weedoo-electric-airboat-could-clean-up-gulf-wetlands/

[6] + Studio Gang Architects: http://www.studiogang.net/projects_a5.htm

[7] + Lincoln Park Zoo: http://www.lpzoo.org/

[8] John Picken: http://www.flickr.com/photos/picken/

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