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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Front Gate

Sector

Cultural/Historic

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2006

Site Area

13,000 SF

Architect

Ennead

The Osborne Gate entrance to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a stunning gateway to a major Brooklyn cultural institution. This formerly neglected entrance leads to a section of the garden that is famous for its late spring horticultural displays of flowering crabapple, wisteria, and azalea among others. MNLA's strategy is to minimize the visual impact of two entry pavilions, one for ticketing and one for information. To do this, structures are nestled into small artificial hills, and their slopes are planted with evergreen ground cover, spring flowering bulbs, and ferns. By bringing the garden outside its gates onto the streetscape and giving visitors a sneak preview of the botanical wonders within, the two merge seamlessly. The gate and fence motif of laser-cut stainless steel leaves creates a welcoming presence for the garden.

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