Located in Philadelphia, United States , The Arboretum at Pennsylvania State University was designed by Overland Partners Architects. The long-awaited first phase of the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens’ masterplan of The Arboretum at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is complete. The highlight of the project, the Overlook Pavilion, serves as the architectural anchor and the ‘front door’ to the 365-acre Arboretum at Penn State.
The Overlook Pavilion’s main purpose is to create distinct exterior spaces and house services for the Arboretum. It is comprised of two stone volumes that are tied together with a soaring roof structure and exterior porches made of steel and wood.
Currently seeking LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Overlook Pavilion uses efficient geothermal ground source heat pumps for heating and cooling, utilises local and recycled content materials, contains a reflective roof to reduce the heat island affect, and employs an innovative storm water management system to educate visitors while using the collected water on site.