Location43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY
ClientQueens Botanical Garden
The LEED Platinum-certified Administration Center is a built extension of the Garden’s mission: to demonstrate environmental stewardship while celebrating the cultural connections between people and plants. From the inception of the project, principles of sustainability led the design process and it was the first public building to achieve LEED Platinum in New York State. The Center is composed of three interconnected spaces: a large welcoming forecourt and roof canopy, a central reception and administration building, and an auditorium space tucked into the landscape itself, sheltered by a sloping planted green roof.
The building is organized around a visible water management system, which grew out of community workshops that identified a shared connection to water among the ethnically diverse community in Queens. The building blurs the boundary between architecture and landscape, and acts as an experiential teaching tool that showcases principles of sustainability.
Related ProjectsQueens Botanical Garden Education BuildingQueens Botanical Garden Master PlanNew York Hall of Science Preschool GardenWashington Square Park House
"BKSK Architects used wit and seduction to advocate green architecture, rather than just demonstrate it. It will be a must-see among aficionados of green buildings. But by any definition, it is a terrific gift to the Queens community and all of New York City."
Scott Stefan, Queens Botanical Garden