Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Transformation and Education Pavilion

Chicago, IL
  • 2011 Wood Design Honor Award, Wood Design & Building
  • 2010 Innovative Design Award, WoodWorks
  • Winner, Best Small Project - 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
  • 2011 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum
  • 2011 Honor Award, Distinguished Building, AIA Chicago
12-bay, 14- by 10-m (46- by 33-ft), pavilion addition to an existing outdoor living pond, serving as a community gathering place and educational location for schoolchildren. The innovative tortoise shell-inspired structure pushes the limits of wood design, with each built-up curving wood element bent in three directions. MKA’s effort included intensive structural analysis, verification of feasibility through physical mockups, and close collaboration with fabricators. The one-of-a-kind structure met the architect’s vision for the pavilion as “fine furniture.”
ARCHITECT: Studio Gang Architects
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