NV5 designed the connecting open spaces and surrounding landscape of architect Hugh Hardy’s new Leon Levy Visitor Center of the New York Botanical Garden.
The design centers around a 450-foot long native, New York State, bluestone-paved central promenade lined with custom-designed steel planters, teak benches, low railings, and bollard lighting. The promenade terminates at a reflecting pool with granite coping. The design also features an outdoor dining terrace and plant shop. Sustainable features include permeable paving, native plantings, low-flow irrigation, and stone mulch xeriscape.
“A welcome entry to our greatest museum of plants … a transcendent simplicity that’s all the more impressive.” — Martin Filler, House & Garden
“The land[scape] instead presides over the building, breaking down pat geometries so that they frame views, respond to the terrain, and skirt existing trees.” — Joseph Giovannini, New York Magazine