Zoo Entrance & Gift Shop

City & County of Honolulu
Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu, Hawaii
Completed 2011

Urban Works designed the Zoo Learning Center and Zoo Entrance as a part of the City’s Master Plan initiative to upgrade and improve the zoo’s identity and to have a more attractive and dynamic presence in Waikiki. The new Zoo Entrance was a design-build with Okada Trucking Co., which includes accommodations for ticket purchasing & queuing, gift shop and concierge space, following the requirements of the master plan. It features rammed earth walls, natural ventilation and daylighting, and acts as a beacon at the corner of Kapiolani Park.


Building Industry Association (BIA) Renaissance Building & Remodeling Awards
Grand Award Winner for Public Works Structure, 2012
American Public Works Association, Hawaii Chapter
Project of the Year, 2011
Honolulu Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Award of Merit, 2011