Green House Facilities
Greenhouses + Laboratories + Teaching & Office Spaces + Visitor Center
Historically, Wellesley maintained one of the premier Botany departments in the country (before being subsumed by the biology department) and it continues to host one of the most varied botanical collections in New England. The new greenhouse facilities and the associated support programs serve three main purposes. Firstly, they will house the expanded permanent (indoor) collection of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Secondly, it will consolidate the faculty offices and staff of the expanding Environmental Studies (ES) department who are currently decentralized and scattered throughout the campus. And finally, this project serves as an iconic piece of architecture for the campus, whose physical presence embodies Wellesley’s institutional commitment to preparing its students to address critical environmental issues of our time.
The greenhouse and its ancillary buildings function simultaneously as a museum, school, and research facility - each requiring its own programmatic needs, and patterns of use. Coupled with the college’s desire to have this new facility perform as a new social and intellectual node of the campus, the architecture proposes to choreograph the collection and interaction of the various user groups as well as their subsequent dispersal into the different programmatic zones. At the same time, the project also captures in parallax the historic Olmstedian landscape that defines Wellesley College.
Core Architecture Studio