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2014 Monumental Awards Architecture Honor Award – Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

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2014 Monumental Awards Architecture Honor Award – Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects welcomed the Indianapolis Zoo’s invitation to create a state-of-the art exhibit for orangutans with a tremendous sense of pride and responsibility. Our goal was simple – give the orangutans spaces that function as trees to allow them to express their normal behaviors for optimal physical, physiological, and intellectual health. The design team went back to the primates’ native habitat for inspiration. From material selection to the layout of the exhibit, we successfully mimicked the environment….

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Riding the H-Line

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Riding the H-Line

Riding the H-Line What’s an ape exhibit without cables and platforms on which the primates jump around? Browning Day seized the opportunity to design the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo to turn what would have otherwise been a simple exhibit into an unforgettable experience for future visitors of Azy, Knobi, Nicky, Rocky, Katy and Lucy. Through state-of-the-art exhibits and interactive computer games, zoo patrons will experience an unprecedented level of interaction with one of the planet’s most endangered….

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Halfway Home: The International Orangutan Center Raises the Beacon of Hope and Marks 50% Completion

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Halfway Home: The International Orangutan Center Raises the Beacon of Hope and Marks 50% Completion

If  you were driving around downtown Indianapolis late last week, you might have noticed something new on the Circle City skyline. The International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo topped off at its highest point – 150 feet above grade – when the the Beacon of Hope was raised and set atop the world’s premiere Orangutan exhibit / research facility. At 75 feet in height and weighing approximately 12.5 tons, you may wonder: What purpose does the Beacon of Hope….

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