Just , Visitor Center has quickly become a mecca for nature and architecture enthusiasts alike.
With its 10,000-square-foot living roof, and innovative design that includes a two-walled, leaf-shaped atrium, the building offers a bold departure from the 102-year-old garden’s Beaux-Arts Palm House or 1917 Administration Building.
Architects Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss designed the center to build upon the visitor’s sense of discovery offered by the garden’s winding paths and secluded enclaves.
“When I first came to the garden … it felt infinite and intimate at the same time,” Weiss said in May just before the center opened. “We wanted to build on that and have the building unfold cinematically."
The center also offers several kid-and-adult friendly educational displays, offers outdoor seating and expansive views on its living roof, and a gift shop and cafe.
Patch gave just before it opened. Now see our pictures of how it looks now that the plantings and displays are complete in late summer of its debut year.