The creation of the Hamill Family Nature Plaza involved the demolition of the existing Baboon Island exhibit and construction of a new permanent, open-air Learning Pavilion surrounded by landscape gardens, prairie pathways, storage/support space and hardscape plazas. The landscape improvements include a new Science Exploration and Sensory Garden on the west of the site. The Learning Pavilion is approximately 2,300 SF, and is made of sculptural steel columns and framing with a high performance paint.

Hamill Family Nature Plaza

Type: Cultural
Location: Brookfield, IL
Client: Brookfield Zoo
Year: 2019
Size: 2300 sf pavilion, with 1.5 acres landscaping

Hamill Family Nature Plaza


The creation of the Hamill Family Nature Plaza involved the demolition of the existing Baboon Island exhibit and construction of a new permanent, open-air Learning Pavilion surrounded by landscape gardens, prairie pathways, storage/support space and hardscape plazas. The landscape improvements include a new Science Exploration and Sensory Garden on the west of the site. The Learning Pavilion is approximately 2,300 SF, and is made of sculptural steel columns and framing with a high performance paint.

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