Open House New York

Every year on one of the first weekends in October the door of interesting buildings in the city open up to the public. It is an amazing opportunity to learn about old and new architecture of New York. This year I had a chance to participate in a tour of newly open Visitors’ Center at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Elegantly designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, the Center proves that the building can be environmentally responsible and beautiful at the same time. BBG is reaching for LEED NC Gold and employs many wonderful strategies that limit its’ environmental footprint.

Fritt on the glass controls glare and heat gain, and prevents birds from colliding with windows.

The building responds to the location in its form that brings visitors gently into the gardens. The interiors are skillfully detailed and benefit from high level of transparency and views of the surroundings.

The ceiling in the main space reference a leaf, echo floor design, house indirect lighting, and provide superb acoustics.

You can learn about all environmental features of the building from very informative signs placed in and around the Center. I highly recommend a visit!

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