BBG celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Flatbush Avenue entrance on June 4 with a festive garland-cutting ceremony. Reimagining this southern entrance included the restoration of the historic McKim, Mead & White brick arch, a new ticket booth and comfort station designed by Architecture Research Office, and a lushly landscaped spring-blooming garden designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The two firms worked closely together to reorient the entrance and create a more hospitable access point, particularly for the nearly 150,000 schoolchildren who visit BBG each year. Visitors are now ushered through the arch to a quiet, open area in front of the ticket booth with an expansive view into the Garden, including the adjacent Discovery Garden for children.
This project was previously honored with the 2012 Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York.
Photos by Liz Ligon.