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Gateway Pavilions, Queens Botanical Garden

NYC Department of Design and Construction

Flushing, NY

Client: New York City Department of Design and Construction, for the department’s “Design Excellence” program

Scope: Pavilion entrances for the revitalization of the 39-acre site that was created for 1939 World’s Fair

The pavilions mediate the transition from cityscape to garden sanctuary. Two distinct thresholds, on the garden’s east and west borders, are intended to improve public access and orientation while providing an overall definition to the garden’s edges. Rich in history, the garden’s educational mission focuses on themes of environmental stewardship and sustainability. Our design augments this mission. At the western threshold by College Point Boulevard, for example, we propose unearthing Mill Creek and creating a wetland that in turn becomes a distinct southwestern edge and important link to the site’s history. The design also supplies much-needed shade, signage, and seating in addition to formal entryways that address staff needs and security requirements.

Materials: Stainless steel; mahogany; glass

Collaborators:
Landscape Architect: SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC
Structural Engineer: RSE Associates, Inc
Geotechnical Engineer: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Lighting Consultant: PHT Lighting Design Inc.