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Arboretum Visitors Center

  • year: 2017

  • location: the USA, Boston 

  • authors: Kseniia Bimbashi

​With the growing need for a research space, Arnold Arboretum decided to move the Visitor Center to a new building and dedicate the existing building to scientific purposes. The location of the new center had been chosen based on the through analysis of neighborhood connectivity and transit nodes location. Situated in the middle of the Arboretum on the main alley, the visitor center has the best access for the visitors regardless of the direction they are coming from. 

The tree concept has sprouted through the entire project. The site and social needs analysis are the seeds that germinate to design concepts, grow into architectural solutions and bring fruitful interior design allegories. The interior does not exactly depict the tree, but creates the feeling of the being in the forest with opportunity to explore the space from different levels and perspectives, as you would in the natural environment. 


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