desert botanical garden horticulture center

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desert botanical garden horticulture center was designed by coLAB studio llc + 180 degrees and built by 180 degrees

Blending the needs of people and plants in a highly sustainable set of facilities:

A variety of building needs, including greenhouses, shadehouses, a headhouse, research and conservation laboratories, an education center, and exhibit center are required for this site.  A massive wall of re-purposed concrete divides public and operational sides of the site.  The wall's forms and shapes allow for openings that contain desert plants and moments of water salvaging demonstration.  A large structural grid straddles much of the site, creating a variety of different shading and energy collection methods in an easily expandable method.  The built areas are designed to be as densely packed as operations will allow, providing a maximum of space left for desert re-vegetation to fortify a connection with natural landscapes.

The grid shades the buildings, reducing heat load and overall energy usage.  Rainwater is collected and demonstrated in a variety of ways.  The grid holds enough spaces for solar PV panels for the project to operate annually with net-positive energy produced.  The Garden and design team are attempting to obtain, and hopefully be, the first in Arizona to achieve the Living Building Challenge Petal Certification.

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