Como Park Zoo’s Education Resource Center
St. Paul, MN
A visitors’ center, gateway to the Zoo, and connection to the Conservatory
Como Park Zoo’s Education Resource Center provides classrooms, an auditorium, and exhibits to foster appreciation of the environment and bio-diversity. The building’s form and materials evolved from its need to maximize daylight usage.
The building incorporates the white steel latticework of the Conservatory with the native stone walls of the Zoo building. Reflecting ponds act as part of the building’s cooling system, passively drawing cool moist air through lower windows.