Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture

Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture

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  • area area of ​​this architectural project Area :
    20000 sqft

  • Year Year of completion of this architectural project

    Year :


    2016


  • photographs

  • Manufacturer Brands with products used in this architectural project
    Manufacturer : Lutron, interface, Raynor, Activar Inc. , Acuity Brands, Ash Grove Cement Company, Astrodyne, Portland Bell hardware, building material specialities, CalPortland, Coravent, Cudahy Lumber Company, D&L Supply Co. , El Creek Forest Products , Encore plumbing, formations, GTS interior, Gast Manufacturing, Inc., General sheet metal, Georgia Pacific+27-27

  • Lead Architects:

    Alec Holser







Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture - Exterior shots
© Christian Columbres

Text description of the architects. The Oregon Zoo Education Center is creating a regional hub for environmental learning to engage and inspire the inner conservationist in visitors to create a diverse and resilient world. The central theme, “Small Things Matter,” guides the zoo’s 1.6 million annual visitors through interactive exhibits that show how an individual’s daily actions can make a difference in maintaining a healthy planet. The facility includes an interactive exhibit area, an insect zoo, a café, a multi-purpose meeting place, classrooms, an environmental science lab and a new zoo station.

Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture - interior photography, beams
© Christian Columbres

The radiantly curved forms of the paired exhibit and classroom buildings, positioned to define a large orientation plaza at the western end of the zoo, are an outgrowth of the geometry of the constrained site defined by a driveway storage area, a zoo railway, a main pedestrian walkway , and the steep adjacent slope. Inspired by the circular woven nature of a bird’s nest, the resulting organic architecture creates an intertwined relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces that blends into the zooscape and animal exhibits. The curved cantilevered entrance roof draws visitors into the lobby’s interactive displays, insect exhibit and events area.

Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture - interior shots
© Christian Columbres
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The interpretation space NESt (Nature Exploration Station), composed of woven wood and steel elements, is inspired by the nests of small animals to create protection and order in the environment. The design for the Interpretive Exhibition was an integrated process between the client, the architects and the Interpretive design teams, with the content becoming the basis for the architectural forms and expression. The interpretive exhibit features the stories of local conservationists and access to the Insect Zoo – the smallest animal with some of the biggest impact on the ecosystem. The Conservation Hall provides a great meeting place for zoo partners and is divisible into classrooms with direct access to the zoo exhibits.

Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture - Interior shots, stairs, columns, beams
© Christian Columbres

The organic architecture of the education center creates an interwoven relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces that connects the built and natural environment. Outdoor and indoor spaces are intertwined with a corresponding visible and connected outdoor space for learning, interaction, imagination and play.

Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture - Interior shots, kitchen, table, window, chair, beams
© Christian Columbres

Recipient of an AIA COTE Top Ten Award, the LEED Platinum Education Center is a teaching building that showcases innovative net-zero energy and sustainable design strategies such as the sprawling rooftop photovoltaic array, rain gardens that purify rainwater before it is reused in restrooms, and birds -friendly lighting and frit glass windows. As a hub for sustainable learning and exploration, the educational center exemplifies the zoo’s mission to advance animal welfare, environmental literacy, and conservation science within the community.

Oregon Zoo Education Center / Opsis Architecture - Exterior photography, facade, windows
© Rick Keating

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