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CASE STUDY:

WOODLAND
PARK
ZOO

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For this wild retrofit, The Woodland Park Zoo was looking to update their decades-old komodo dragon exhibit. The enclosure, covered by a glass roof, wasn’t able to seal in the heat and humidity that the komodo dragons needed. The zoo was going to have to cover the glass ceiling with an actual roof, meaning that all the natural daylight would be eliminated.

 

However, just like humans, animals need natural daylight too! Luckily for these scaly tenants, Solatube Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) can bring in natural daylight with 99.7% reflectivity while keeping climate conditions sealed in tight. Using Skyvault M74s, daylight was able to be brought into the space for the benefit of the animals, the plants, and the visibility of the exhibit. 

LOCATION: SEATTLE, WA

OWNER: WOODLAND PARK ZOO

CONTRACTOR: SELLEN CONSTRUCTION CO.

ARCHITECT: DENNIS POON

COMPLETED: 2021

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WATCH | DESIGNING SOLUTIONS: WOODLAND PARK ZOO (COMING SOON)

DRAGONS
ON DISPLAY

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High output solution using Solatube’s Skyvault Tubular Daylighting Device to bring maximum amount of daylight to the interior space. Full spectrum daylight maintains the vivid true colors of the enclosures.

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BRIGHTER LIGHT
JUST OUT OF SIGHT

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To maintain the immersive experience, the enclosure needed to be able to hide all the lighting fixtures from the observation areas. With customizable systems, Tubular Daylighting Devices can be fit to desired size and direction. 

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