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CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO ASIAN HIGHLANDS

VAA provided architectural and design services for The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new Asian Highlands habitat. This state-of-the-art exhibit was designed to increase the complexity of the animal habitats, create a more engaging guest experience, and bring awareness to the zoo’s worldwide conservation efforts. Our design team incorporated central Chinese influences and unique cultural elements throughout the 1.3 acre space, including custom stonework, moon gates, and airy plazas with glass viewing.

 

The exhibit was designed to group animals by species and features an Amur leopard, snow leopards, red pandas, and takins. The Amur and snow leopard exhibits were expanded more than four times their original habitat size and provide the animals with the opportunity to rotate between four different interconnected habitats. Enrichment features include elevated platforms, tunnels, climbing poles, and more.

CLIENT

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

LOCATION

Cleveland, Ohio

SIZE

56,628 SF

COST

$5.8 Million

COMPLETION

2018

ROLE

Lead Architect