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Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center

Missouri Botanical Garden
An iconic visitor center represents a bold, transformative vision.
Missouri Botanical Garden Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center
Location
St. Louis, MO
Size
94,000 GSF
Sustainability
LEED Gold (projected)
Completion
2022

Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a global leader in plant science research. Entering a new era, the Garden engaged Ayers Saint Gross to design an iconic visitor center as the primary gateway for more than one million annual visitors. This state-of-the-art facility represents a bold, transformative vision for Missouri Botanical Garden, their mission of “plants are life,” and the revitalization of St. Louis. Reinforced by a strong design concept with special attention to accessibility for all, the center features elemental building blocks of air, water, and soil. The lobby of this beloved cultural attraction provides immersive moments of arriving, admiring, exploring, and learning punctuated throughout the entry experience. This intuitive guest journey, named Gateway to the Garden, was completed in collaboration with Michael Vergason Landscape Architects.

Ayers Saint Gross has been a collaborative partner throughout the project, balancing the needs of different Garden interests and stakeholders. They have been responsive, clear communicators and very easy to engage. I have found that they are able to assess an issue, develop creative and thoughtful solutions and work through the details to ensure success.
– Bob Woodruff, Chief Operating Officer
Partners
Michael Vergason Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture
 
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