Honolulu Zoo, Oahu, Hawaii

The transformation of the Honolulu Zoo is nothing short of remarkable, as it has recently received a substantial facelift that combines modern innovation with a commitment to environmental sustainability. One of the standout features of this revitalization is the incorporation of Breezway Altair Powerlouver Windows and the Altair ios Window System. These window systems, crafted with clear anodized aluminum frames and low-emissivity (low-e) glass blades, have been expertly chosen to enhance the visitor experience and elevate the Zoo’s overall sustainability efforts.

In a stroke of architectural brilliance, these cutting-edge window systems have been strategically integrated into the gift shop area at the entrance of the Zoo. Here, they serve as a testament to the thoughtful fusion of form and function. These windows offer an innovative solution to managing the airflow and climate within the visitor entrance, all while reducing the environmental footprint of the facility.

The utilization of the Altair Powerlouver Windows and the Altair ios Window System isn’t merely about aesthetics; it’s also about promoting energy efficiency and providing a comfortable environment for both guests and staff. These high-performance window systems enable the Honolulu Zoo to harness the power of natural ventilation effectively. By allowing the flow of fresh air, they help maintain a pleasant indoor climate, especially during mild weather conditions when air conditioning is not necessary.

The ability to regulate airflow is a game-changer for the gift shop area. These windows can be opened and adjusted with ease, aligning with the Zoo’s commitment to sustainability by significantly reducing the reliance on energy-consuming climate control systems. This not only contributes to cost savings but also minimizes the Zoo’s carbon footprint, aligning with broader environmental goals.

Furthermore, the integration of the Altair Powerlouver Windows and the Altair ios Window System perfectly complements the Honolulu Zoo’s mission of creating an immersive and enjoyable experience for its visitors. The strategic placement of these windows allows guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world outside, making their visit even more engaging and memorable.

In conclusion, the Honolulu Zoo’s incorporation of these state-of-the-art window systems is a testament to the institution’s dedication to modernizing its facilities while maintaining a strong focus on sustainability and visitor satisfaction. By harnessing the power of innovative design and cutting-edge technology, the Zoo has succeeded in creating a space that is both environmentally conscious and a delight to all who enter its gates.

Project Date – September 2013

Architect – Urban Works Inc