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

AWARDS: IIDA Louisville/Lexington, Merit Award, 2023; AIA Kentucky, Honor Award, 2022

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.