Ellen T. Leslie Botanical Classrooms
LOCATION: Louisville, Kentucky
SIZE: 6,100 SQ FT
FEATURES: Multi-purpose Classroom and Event space, Private Courtyard, Educational Greenhouse and supporting workspace, Storage
CLIENT: Waterfront Botanical Gardens
TYPE: New Construction
SUMMARY: This building is part of Phase 1C for the Waterfront Botanical Gardens Masterplan. It will include a multi-purpose classroom and event space, an educational greenhouse, and a workshop area for the grounds horticulturalist. The exterior is designed to be a backdrop to the natural plantings and trees surrounding the plaza, as well as a complement to the existing Graeser Family Education Center. The greenhouse, which is a main feature of the building, will be used to educate children on horticultural and sustainable practices. It slides cleanly into the structure of the building and is meant to be a focal point of the plaza as well as an eye-catcher from the highway that runs along the south side of the site.