Queens Botanical Garden
SCAPE has developed two distinct entry thresholds for the 39-acre Queens Botanical Garden, each with its own entry pavilion. At College Point Boulevard, the proposed 50,000 sf wetland meadow landscape creates an edge and transition between the infrastructural scale of the Boulevard and the peaceful and contemplative spaces within the Garden. The wetland is a learning landscape on display to the Boulevard, and an opportunity to introduce water’s role in living ecosystems to the Garden's visitors.
At the Main Street entrance, the proposed garden creates a ‘green lobby’ for the Garden and a forecourt to the new Administration Building. The design augments the elements already on the site, thickening an existing glen of willow oak trees and forming intimate spaces for seating and strolling through subtle manipulations of topography, providing a quiet counterpoint to the busy urban corner outside.
Charles Rose Architects