Freyer Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Category
    Civic + Cultural
  • Size
    50,000 sf
  • Complete
  • Location
    Denver, Colorado

In early 2016, Davis Partnership Architects won a design competition to design the new Freyer–Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The project serves as a museum for botanic art and science, holding 50,000 square feet of space plus two levels of underground parking. The multi-faceted structure includes art studios and classrooms, galleries, an auditorium, a library including a rare books room, laboratories for research as well as conservation of botanic samples, a herbarium for preserved plant collections, and administrative office space. The project scope included the remodel of the historic Boettcher Memorial Center designed by the late Victor Hornbein in 1966.

The design challenge; to create a facility that is expressive of the program, welcoming to visitors, yet humble in relationship to the existing campus. This is the only building at Denver Botanic Gardens accessible to the public without requiring tickets to tour the gardens, and as such it will play an important role in increasing the public’s access to the arts and education programs of the gardens. This last phase of the Denver Botanic Garden’s master plan expansion completes a significant expansion and overhaul of their facilities.

Davis Partnership’s concept was to deliver a design that was “humbly iconic” – respecting the existing architecture while re-interpreting the botanical references that influenced the original design. These botanical references are sometimes expressed in structural forms, in the use of materials, and also in the pattern work of details.

Project Scope

  • Architecture
  • Civic
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Lighting
  • Planning

Award Winning Project

LEED Gold Certification
2023 AIA Colorado Design Award of Merit
2022 IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter Merit Award - Serve Category: Government, Institutional, Airports, Religious, Libraries, Museums
2021 Mayor’s Design Award - Category: Distinctive Denver
2021 Engineering Excellence Honor Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
2021 Innovated Spaces Award Colorado Association of Libraries

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