The storyline of the Louisville Zoo Gorilla Forest project recreates the African experience by letting the journey tell the story. This is the heart and soul of the design process and it is followed and nurtured by all team members remaining in the forefront at all stages. What you see, how it is sequenced and the ways in which the atmosphere is created, are all critical.
The supportive, interwoven elements used in the Gorilla Forest design include:
1. Incorporating experiential devices for the
senses and creating dramatic site lines
2. Providing educational elements for visitors
3. Maintaining safety for both people and
animals when configuring the exhibit barriers
4. Enhancing the visual experience for the
visitor offering multiple viewing opportunities
of the animals & capturing the “borrowed
5. Building a culturally and geographically
specific architectural environment for people
6. Creating habitats for the animals using
specialty exhibit contractors and interactive
elements for the animals’ enrichment
7. Recreating nature through use of
landscaping and themed, built-in planters
8. Theming the entire project with detailed
decorations that enhance the sense of
being in Africa.
All of the elements producing the overall experience of a zoological project grow from a common storyline; they do not stand alone but relate to each other in a symbiotic relationship to create the whole experience that challenges our senses and intellect.
Consulting and construction administration services in association with CLR Design, Philadelphia
Design / Bid / Build via RFP "best bid" method incorporating scoring criteria
Gross Area 16,415 S.F.
American Association of
Zoos & Aquariums
Gorilla Forest Exhibit, Louisville, Kentucky
Project of the Year - 2002
American Public Works Association / KY Chapter
Gorilla Forest, Louisville, Kentucky
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