Diamond + Schmitt Architects designs the Hendrie Gateway Pavilion for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Canada
The design of the Hendrie Gateway Pavilion supports the Royal Botanical Gardens Mission “to be a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature”.
The gateway facility is both the literal and conceptual gateway to the botanical garden of the 21st century. Hendrie Gateway Pavilion provides a year-round, barrier free, connecting link between the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre and the Hendrie Park Gardens. The gateway facility spans over a slope in the landscape providing a transition to an existing tunnel and gardens and housing Hendrie Hall, a multipurpose space that can be used for social functions and as a public gathering space for large groups visiting the gardens.
The highly transparent glazed walls fill the space with light creating a dramatic impact both during the day and night. The glazed roof is designed to appear light and transparent and is supported on a closely spaced framework of structural members.
Hendrie Hall is bounded on the north side by a permanent vertical Living Wall. The Living Wall is a complex ecosystem, which operates as an air filter improving environmental air quality. The Living wall is not only a beautiful feature element that enhances the indoor environment but also serves as a botanical and educational display. Integrated into the mechanical system of the facility, the Living Wall also provides evaporative cooling in summer, reducing the need for air conditioning and humidify in winter, increasing the overall energy efficiency of the facility. The building scheme employs a variety of sustainable initiatives and is Targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) enjoys a worldwide reputation based on its first-class horticultural collection and natural lands. It is Canada’s largest botanical garden and one of the country’s premier cultural, education and scientific institutions. It has extensive educational programs and serves as an outdoor laboratory for scientific research.