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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
Part yoga pavilion, part outdoor classroom, the South Pond Pavilion at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is a stunning architectural statement located along the Zoo's new Nature Boardwalk. Designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, the prefab pavilion is part of a larger effort to rehabilitate the zoo's dilapidated pond into a natural habitat and exhibit of pond life. The project also features a boardwalk made from recycled plastic milk bottles, and other educational components.
Studio Gang Architects ‘ design for the South Pond Pavilion was inspired by the tortoise shell. It features pre-fabricated wooden planks  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  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  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.
Lead Image © John Picken 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/curvaceious-wood-pavilion-at-chicagos-lincoln-park-zoo/south-pond-pavilion-beth-zacherle-2/
 Studio Gang Architects: http://www.studiogang.net/
 pre-fabricated wooden planks: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/04/latticed-french-pavilion-shades-a-green-walled-interior/
 pavilion: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/23/beautiful-german-pavillion-made-from-1300-shipping-pallets/
 wetland: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/18/weedoo-electric-airboat-could-clean-up-gulf-wetlands/
 + Studio Gang Architects: http://www.studiogang.net/projects_a5.htm
 + Lincoln Park Zoo: http://www.lpzoo.org/
 John Picken: http://www.flickr.com/photos/picken/
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