Featured Project: The Buffalo Zoo Venezuelan Rainforest Building, opened in 2008
with PJA Architects
The indoor exhibits and event rental space is sheltered by building shell designed by Foit-Albert Associates. Learn more at the PJA website: http://pjarchitects.com/Brochure/Buffalo_Rainforest.pdf
Modeled after the unique habitat within the Amazon basin in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, the Rainforest Falls exhibit features a two-story waterfall, as well as ramps and overlooks to enable visitors to view dozens of colorful free-flighted birds. Inside this tropical paradise visitors also encounter over 100 other animals, including squirrel monkeys, brown capuchins, black howler monkeys, white-faced sakis, tamandua, vampire bats, giant anteaters, capybara, ocelots, piranhas, giant river turtles, armadillos, dwarf caiman and an anaconda.
As a project designer and later the manager of the projects, Julia, under the lead of Pat Janikowski, worked on every aspect of the exhibit design for this building, from concept sketches to building opening. Hear Donna Fernandes, the director of the Buffalo Zoo, speak about the exhibits: