Located in Pittsburgh, United States, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Tropical Forest Addition was designed by IKM of Pittsburgh, the team wanted the 12,000-square-foot expansion to balance between the latest advances in eco-technology and exquisite horticulture in a dramatic, new glass house. The design captures the sun’s path as it travels across the site overlooking the south-facing plaza and the lower boundaries of Schenley Park, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.
Reaching 60 feet in height, the horticultural display takes visitors to the tropics with a strong aroma of jasmine, cascading waterfalls, streams, pools, a Healer’s Hut and hidden grottos. A walkway that projects into the forest canopy provides panoramic views over the conservatory below and to the local landscape beyond the glass walls. In the ground-level Palm Circle as many as 40 visitors can gather for presentations and programs about how building uses both ancient and modern horticultural methods.