The Henry Doorly Zoo Entry Pavilion

Client: 
Mutual of Omaha and The Henry Doorly Zoo
The Situation: 

For decades, Mutual of Omaha has supported educational programs focused on wildlife, the environment and natural ecosystems. So it was only natural for them to step forward when Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo wanted to renovate its Zoo pavilion with the creation of a dynamic new space that would provide an engaging, interactive experience for both kids and adults. VStar's task was a complete re-design of the pavilion, that integrated totally-immersive themed environments with self-directed learning experiences and interactive technology.

The Solution: 

VStar felt the design solution had to suggest an authentic, natural “in-the-field” educational environment. We recommended the idea of an “Exploration Station,” repurposing major elements from a remote jungle base camp to create a welcoming space that invites the zoo visitor to join a learning expedition. Upon entering the pavilion, the visitor becomes immediately immersed in an explorer’s world, highlighted by a base camp hut, a jungle aviary, illuminated and graphic interactive units, and themed display stations positioned throughout the 46,000 square-foot space.