HORTICULTURAL SUPPORT FACILITY
This new facility at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum includes a mixed-use program to accommodate planned expansion of the institution’s grounds maintenance operations. Intended to support the Arboretum’s Master Plan, the design focuses on combining function with transparency: integrating the operations staff’s work with concerns for safety and efficiency in a prominent location on the Arboretum’s grounds.
Jamaica Plain, MA
The complex is located just south of the Arboretum’s Dana Greenhouses, a high traffic area bordering a residential neighborhood where substantial propagation work is conducted. Through an iterative process of presentation and discussion, AW conducted a series of test fits to determine siting that would optimize the facility’s function while minimizing its visual impact on the grounds. Its L-shaped arrangement is comprised of three major elements: a support staff office building, a garage, and an equipment storage building. This configuration provides a service yard and parking area concealed from nearby gardens. The low-profile building volumes are embedded in the sloped topography to reduce their effect on both landscape and neighborhood.