Architects: Heidi Hefferlin, Principal
Photography: Sarah Dorio
Chattanooga Zoo brought on HK Architects to design a new house for several species of monkeys living at the zoo, including the cotton-top tamarins and white-headed marmosets. We worked extensively with the zookeepers to design the new habitats and create a building that would serve the zoo’s logistical concerns.
In order to increase visibility for a visitor favorite, we sited the monkey house along a pedestrian sequence. The new house for monkeys was designed for independent access by the monkeys to both the indoor or outdoor habitats. We also built in grooming and feeding at the center, with the habitats spinning outward from this central location. The new and improved monkey house reduced over-crowding at the zoo, improving the health of the monkeys as well as the visitor experience.