Tryba Architects led the 5-year, multi-volume Master Development Plan to guide the redevelopment of the Denver Botanic Gardens' 36-acre York Street campus. The effort included a vision-based 50-year Framework Plan, a thorough Program and Facility Assessment and Master Development Plan, addressing every element of the campus from program, architecture and horticulture to infrastructure.
The comprehensive planning process was the blueprint for the Gardens’ successful Denver bond initiative and private fundraising. Working with trustees, staff, funders and diverse stakeholders, the firm designed several new structures, renovations, infrastructure upgrades, and horticultural enhancements: A green-roof mixed-use parking structure and Children’s Garden; a Visitor Center; The Welcome Garden and the Marnie’s Pavilion and Greenhouses/Service Building.
The three-level, 325-space garage is nestled into the landscape, clad in grating that supports vines and espaliered trees – a Green Wall. Two underground levels open to an atrium with a series of gardens, creating a natural outlet for visitors. A large green roof comprises approximately one-third of the Children’s Garden.
The Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center is immediately across York Street from the garage’s street level courtyard. The new 5,000 SF entry pavilion defers to the DBG’s strong mid-century aesthetic.
Adjacent to the historic Boettcher Conservatory, Marnie’s Pavilion and Greenhouses/Service Building add production capacity, support space and a substantial public zone. The greenhouses are multi-purpose, including interior display halls complimenting the Garden’s educational mission. This space also offers valuable behind-the-house garden operations, storage space and a service yard.