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Brookfield Zoo - Animal Ambassador Pavilion
Brookfield, Illinois

  • project Brookfield Zoo - Animal Ambassador Pavilion
  • client Chicago Zoological Society
  • architect Booth Hansen
  • photographer Jenling Norman

The Bram­sen Animal Ambas­sador Pavil­ion embod­ies the mis­sion of the Chicago Zoo­log­i­cal Soci­ety, which is to inspire con­ser­va­tion lead­er­ship by con­nect­ing people with wildlife and nature.” The Pavil­ion, as a part of the Hamill Family Wild Encoun­ters exhibit at the Brook­field Zoo, pro­vides space for vis­i­tors to inter­act one-on-one with ani­mals in the Animal Ambas­sador Pro­gram. It fea­tures a public event space, hous­ing for a vari­ety of ani­mals, and facil­i­ties for care­tak­ers.

Orig­i­nally planned as a strictly util­i­tar­ian facil­ity, the Pavil­ion devel­oped into a refined, flex­i­ble, and immer­sive event space that wel­comes vis­i­tors and main­tains a con­nec­tion to the out­doors. A sculp­tural canopy floats above the pri­mary events spaces, which include an out­door patio and a light-filled room for diverse pro­grams. Wooden slats and light­ing along the canopy ceil­ing con­tribute to the seam­less tran­si­tion from indoors to out­doors. Selux M100 LED recessed light­ing was chosen for its flex­i­bil­ity and min­i­mal­ist design, as well as its energy effi­ciency. The Pavil­ion has proven to be an adapt­able venue that can house a vari­ety of events, from wed­dings to animal-assisted ther­apy for chil­dren with autism; this kind of broad com­mu­nity engage­ment cap­tures the spirit of the Zoo’s mis­sion.

The walls of the entry are clad in wood sal­vaged from a red barn that pre­vi­ously stood on the site, sup­port­ing the building’s LEED Silver sus­tain­abil­ity goal. Wood cer­ti­fied by the Forest Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil and other prod­ucts with high levels of pre-con­sumer and post-con­sumer recy­cled con­tent were also installed. Many mate­ri­als were extracted, har­vested, or man­u­fac­tured within 500 miles of the site to reduce the carbon foot­print. Addi­tional sus­tain­abil­ity fea­tures include ther­mally-effi­cient win­dows, sensor acti­vated low-flow plumb­ing fix­tures, solar tubes for day­light­ing, and in-floor radi­ant heat­ing.

By con­nect­ing people with wildlife and pro­mot­ing con­ser­va­tion lead­er­ship, the Animal Ambas­sador Pavil­ion enhances the Brook­field Zoo and ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity. Selux is proud to be a part of this worth­while project.

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