Partnered with Terra Design Studio Landscape Architects to design the Weisbrod Learning Pavilion at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The Learning Pavilion offers outdoor, nature-based education to children, including children with autism. A garden adjacent to the structure offers interactive learning experiences for guests. The design for the Learning Pavillion is inspired by the natural surroundings of the gardens – the topography, the wind and solar orientation, and the materials of the site. Providing accessibility to the hillside structure required designing cement pads that met ADA requirements for wheelchair access. To compliment the field stone retaining walls, included one that existed on the site, the design specified limestone to be used on the structure’s columns and base.
The Learning Pavillion also features restrooms, storage, and an outdoor work area with a sink. A cistern (rain barrel) is attached to the building so that children can water the surrounding plants.