The Denver Botanic Garden’s new Science Pyramid is an iconic new symbol for the park that also fosters conservation and research. The sustainable pyramid structure was created by Burkett Design and fuses architecture with the surrounding nature landscape. The beautiful peaked building emulates the mountains of the region, while providing a sprawling new center for visitors and researchers to enjoy.
The Science Pyramid was designed to harmonize with its surroundings. Its shape echoes the vast Colorado Rockies, while its surface relates more directly to the Denver Botanic Garden itself. Hexagonal cement panels line the skin, referencing the botanical garden’s bees with its honeycomb shape. The skin is covered with Swisspearl panels that act as rain screens that divert away water while preventing thermal gain, keeping the interior cool. The rain screen also shields a UV resistant weather barrier system on the building’s surface.
The hexagonal panels meet at a central glass spine, which spills light into the interior- as well as serve as an entrance. The glass portion is echoed throughout the roof, with hexagonal cut-out glass sky lights. Inside, exhibitions featuring garden research and conservation work will be shown on rotation next to an area for visitors to meet or rest after walking the botanical garden grounds.
Set in a clearing between varying tree species, the Science Pyramid is at the center of the garden’s paths, functioning as a focal point of many walkways. The innovative new center complements the Colorado landscape, while also creating a cozy space for research exhibitions.