Akron Zoo

Wild Asia

Hasenstab Architects, along with GLMV Architecture, designed the Wild Asia exhibit at the Akron Zoo. This project was designed simultaneously with the Pride of Africa exhibit.

Wild Asia is a re-purposing and expansion of the Tiger Valley portion of the existing park. It includes all new exhibits for tigers and red pandas. A new species, the gibbon, will also be introduced into this portion of the renovation.

The site takes advantage of a roughly 40’ grade change from start to finish. Although the topography presents some challenges regarding accessibility, it does allow great opportunities to create unique views into and around the exhibits.

A multi-leveled tiger viewing structure allows various viewing options of that species, including a view from below through a glass skylight on which the animals can actually walk.

The exhibit architecture includes themes from three distinct areas of Asia; Indonesia, Cambodia and Nepal. A mixture of artificial rockwork and built structures bring these three distinct areas to life.

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Project Details


Akron Zoo


Akron, Ohio





2 acres


Certified (LEED v4)


GLMV Architecture


Key Team Members

  • Dennis Check
  • Greg Chaplin
  • Regan O'Neill
  • Tina Kessel
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