Kansas City Zoo’s Orangutan Canopy was featured in last quarter’s issue of Modern Builder. The article, which focuses on the builder’s involvement in the project, also discusses BBN’s role as the Design Architect and Landscape Architect. Highlighted in the new exhibit are three distinct orangutan characteristics; their arboreal realm, physical dexterity and cognizance. The exhibit consists of a large, naturalistic outdoor habitat with expansive viewing opportunities, a winding pedestrian hillside pathway featuring interactive educational displays, and a renovated Day Room that adds significant new orangutan amenities.
A major design goal was to create a naturalistic habitat with a diverse range of purposeful opportunities to motivate the apes’ instinctual behaviors and offer them choice and control.