BBG was honored to receive the 2012 Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York on July 24. The award recognizes the innovative redesign of two important visitor landmarks at the Garden: the Flatbush Avenue entrance and the Terrace Café. Designed by the landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, along with Architecture Research Office, the projects will join BBG’s newly opened Visitor Center in significantly enhancing the visitor experience at the Garden in a sensitive and environmentally conscious manner.
The Flatbush Avenue entrance, used by a third of all Garden visitors, is also the primary gateway for the hundreds of school groups who visit BBG annually. The new design will usher them through the historic brick archway into a lushly landscaped new garden featuring early-spring-flowering plants. A sustainably constructed pavilion will further enhance the experience with expanded ticketing facilities and restrooms.
Also sharing the award was the design for a new stainless-steel outdoor kiosk for the Garden’s popular Terrace Café.
Both projects are slated to break ground in early 2013 and are part of a series of transformative new projects in the south Garden that will better serve visitors of all ages.