With the Houston Zoo’s centennial anniversary approaching in 2022, the Heart of the Zoo is being transformed into a new Texas Wetlands exhibit, which includes the addition of a 10,000 square foot, zero-waste restaurant which will re-purpose the Zoo’s beloved mid-century concrete circular pavilion, the “Cypress Circle.” The restaurant is nestled on the banks of a constructed wetland, which will feature native, Texas-based exhibits on American alligators, bald eagles, and whooping cranes. A series of pavilions, boardwalks, and viewing shelters surround the wetlands to immerse visitors in the native wildlife of Southeast Texas and further the zoo’s extensive education and conservation efforts of its surrounding wetland ecosystems.
My role in this project at Lake|Flato Architects was leading the design and construction documentation, which included managing both a large internal project team and group of consultants. With the project currently finishing up construction, the Heart of the Zoo will be complete in summer of 2019.
Lake|Flato Architects and Studio Hanson Roberts