A designated landmark, The Lion House is the largest building on historic Astor Court, an assemblage of Beaux-arts buildings at the center of the Bronx Zoo. Cerami & Associates tested existing conditions in the multi-purpose space and worked with the architect to provide finishes suitable for the new natural flora and fauna exhibit, while keeping with the project’s unique aesthetics.
The reconstruction transformed the former open-air cages into new natural environments for the flora and fauna of Madagascar, while the former public viewing hall has become a rentable, multi-purpose space opening onto a landscaped exterior garden and terrace. The building has a greywater recycling system, fuel cell, and geothermal wells, making it a model of environmental sustainability. The Lion House is the first historic landmark building in New York State to be LEED Certified.