Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Completed in 2010, Studio Gang Architects introduced a pavilion and a boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. It also recast the area as a thriving ecosystem in the middle of the city.

The structures are designed to open up the pond ecosystem to visitors and serve as an outdoor classroom space.

The curved pavilion structure consists of prefabricated, bent-wood pieces and is illuminated from within at night. The lighting is focused on the underside of the structure so it doesn't create light pollution into the night sky.

Due to the prefabricated construction of the wood frame, installation on site took only five days. A fibreglass dome protects the pavilion from rain.

Project Credits
Architect: Studio Gang Architects