Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Honored by the NYC Design Commission with an Award for Excellence in Design in 2008 for integration of form, function and sustainable practice, the new Visitor Center to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden establishes a visionary public interface between the City and the Garden. The landscape’s central feature is the building’s living roof design, conceived as a seamless, inhabitable extension of the Garden that merges landscape and architecture and redefines physical and philosophical relationships between visitor and garden, exhibition and movement, culture and cultivation. The landscape design integrates ecological engineering and horticultural design and offers a new pedagogical paradigm with BBG’s first high-performance botanical exhibit. HMWhite created a landscape design solution centered on a holistic biologically-based storm water management strategy. Its resilient site and landscape design is comprised of a series of landscape systems - living roof, bio-swales, infiltration basins and artful rainwater garden designs. More than 100 new plant species were researched, specified, sourced and designed for each of the project’s landscape systems and horticultural features – vastly expanding BBG’s botanic exhibit offerings. Fusing ecological engineering technology with sustainable, artistic landscape and horticultural design, this LEED Gold certified project and landscape design demonstrates this botanic institution’s commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation. HMWhite’s high performance landscape design and the project’s extensive native plant exhibit will dutifully serve the Garden’s next 100 years of public service and education.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Design Team:

Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Architect: Weiss/Manfredi
Structural & Civil Engineer: Weidlinger Associates
MEP: Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers
Lighting: Brandston Partnership
Sustainability: Viridian Energy and Environmental
General Contractor: EW Howell
Construction Manager: LIRO
Landscape Contractor: Kelso Landscape
Arborist: Ecological Landscape Management


LEED® Gold Certified

National AIA Honor Award
ACEC New York Diamond Award

ASLA National Honor Award
ASLA New York Honor Award
American Architecture Award The Chicago Athenaeum
International Architecture Awards The Chicago Athenaeum
AIA New York State Design Award Citation
MASterworks Award: Best New Urban Amenity

Annual Design Review Architect Magazine
Green Good Design Award: Green Architecture The Chicago Athenaeum
Best Projects ENR New York
Best New Architecture in New York New York Observer
Annual Design Review Award Architect Magazine

Award for Design Excellence Public Design Commission

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