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    The Bicentennial Pavilion's custom-designed stage and perch provides a unique location for the Zoo’s newest bird exhibition and educational presentation, Magnificent Macaws.
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    A hearth of rough-back quarry block limestone serves as a visual centerpiece for the Pavilion and provides warmth during cooler weather.
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    The project team sought to create an environment that inspires a new generation of city-dwelling conservationists.
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    Translucent roofing materials allows sunlight to filter through to the ground below, much like a natural canopy layer would.
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    Thousands of visitors, future conservationists among them, pass under the giant “forest canopy” each day.
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    In a celebration of naturally occurring systems, rainwater that hits the Pavilion’s roof is funneled through each pod’s “trunk” and into sunken, plant-filled bed below.
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    The team set out to create a purposeful design language that is familiar yet exotic, resulting in an unexpected break from reality that places the visitor into a different mindset ready to experience something new.
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    Each pod consists of 63 individual wood beams, ranging from 83 feet long and 19,000 pounds to just three feet and 25 pounds. The entire “forest” of pods is held together with 6,424 bolts and lag screws.
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    The hearth peeks out above the foliage.
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    The Pavilion is modeled after a native Indiana forest, informed by the Hoosier State’s landscape and the natural ecology of the forest floor.
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    Together, the Pavilion’s eleven steel tree-like pods serve as the Forest Precinct’s “lodge,” providing 40,000 SF of weather-protected gathering space.
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    The Pavilion provides much-needed special events space, hosting the annual Zoobilation fundraiser among other activities throughout the year.
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    The Pavilion provides 40,000 SF of weather-protected space events space for up to 1000 seated attendees, food service areas, an animal encounter stage, and a Promenade situated along the Zoo’s main path of circulation.