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like they're a little bit more connected to the outside," Alomar reflects. "There's a certain amount
of calm that you don't typically get with an animal
care facility, and that really relates back to the original concept of the space, which is tying back to the
Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab."
Throughout the space are playrooms and consultation spaces that allow visitors to meet with the
animals and complete adoption papers. Meeting
booths are wrapped with sound absorption panels. In
fact, acoustics were a huge consideration throughout,
Alomar explains. When the team first visited the
space (which used to be a deli), they could hear
the footsteps of residents in the upper floors of the
historic building. So the design team incorporated
acoustic mitigation that is higher than a normal retail
store would have, in addition to enhanced acoustical
mitigation in the whole back area of the kennel.
Along the path, bright orange flags mark digital "Action Stations" that identify practical ways
for visitors to get involved to support the cause.
A media wall prompts
people to add their
own rescue stories to
the greater narrative.
"Most people who
have compan i on
animals in their lives
think of them as
wall] is a celebration
of that connection
and a visual representation of it," Battista
says. "We wanted to make sure that people can
participate and do it in a way that's a celebration of
the best things about adopting and having pets in
To get back to the main space, visitors pass by a
donor wall and a merchandise zone. Not to mention a photo booth area where they can capture
their visit against a custom Best Friends backdrop.
↖ Bright orange
↑ [Top] Consultation spaces
↑ [Bottom] A
area encourages people to