Habitat Africa and The Forest

Brookfield, Illinois

The award-winning Habitat Africa! is a 9,300 square-foot forest exhibit and breeding facility that called for a self-effacing building. Interior and exterior exhibits feature the rare okapi and other animals and birds found in the heart of Central Africa’s Congo River area. Asphalt shingles were chosen as the primary cladding material because of their durability and color variations, allowing the building to meld with its surroundings, yet adding an accent to the site during the Midwestern winter.


Brookfield Zoo


9,500 sf


2001 Design Distinction Award - Environments - I.D. Magazine
2001 American Architecture Award - Chicago Athenaeum
2001 Divine Detail Award - AIA Chicago
2002 Distinguished Building Award - AIA Chicago


Doug Snower


New Construction