Berkshire Botanical Garden Announces Winner of Center House Entry Garden Student Design Competition


The newly renovated and expanded Center House, December 1, 2017

Berkshire Botanical Garden has announced the winners of its Center House Entry Garden Design Competition, according to Michael Beck, Executive Director of the Garden. The competition was open to individuals and teams consisting of students enrolled in accredited landscape architecture schools and was judged by a five-member jury made up of independent designers, horticulturalists, and landscape architects: Page Dickey, Writer and Garden Designer (Falls Village, CT); Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter Garden and CEO, The Great Dixter Charitable Trust (East Sussex, United Kingdom); Renny Reynolds, Landscape Architect and Co-Owner of Hortulus Farm (Bucks County, PA); Mark E. Strieter, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (New York, NY and Charlottesville, VA), and Matthew Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., (New York, NY).  

The first-place winner is a team from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Landscape Architecture, which includes Daniel Rose, Sarah Newton, Alexa Macri, and Fern Turpin. Second place was awarded to Harry Wan Fung Lee, Adam Kai Chi Ng, and Anson Ting Fung Wong of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; third place goes to Dylan Anslow, Colin Chadderton, Kira Clingen, and Jonathan Kuhr of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and honorable mention is awarded to Zichen Liu and Jingyi (Jessy) Qiu of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The Garden launched the competition in March, 2017 to seek an innovative proposal that would complement the design of the Garden’s newly restored and expanded Center House and its surrounding established garden areas. The approximately 4,000 square foot entry garden will become the new gateway for thousands of annual visitors touring the Garden, attending special events, and participating in BBG’s varied horticultural and educational programs that take place year-round. “The winning design submitted by the student team from the University of Tennessee impressed all of us with its clean and modern look that will work well with the traditional facade of the Center House and the surrounding established garden areas,” said Michael Beck. “BBG’s staff and design consultants will provide feedback on the concept described in the first-place submission, and will work with the winning team to establish the final design that will be implemented this winter. We hope to unveil the new garden at our season opening on May 6, 2018.”

The winners were announced on December 1 at the grand opening celebration of the Garden’s Center House. Renovation of the structure, which dates in part to the 1700s, began in November, 2016 and includes the addition of a teaching kitchen, art galleries, a botanical library, classroom and office space.

 

First Place Award
University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Landscape Architecture
Daniel Rose, Sarah Newton, Alexa Macri, and Fern Turpin (read more about the team)
View the complete design proposal

Second Place Award
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Harry Wan Fung Lee, Adam Kai Chi Ng, and Anson Ting Fung Wong (read more about the team)
Third Place Award
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Dylan Anslow, Colin Chadderton, Kira Clingen, and Jonathan Kuhr (read more about the team)
 Honorable Mention
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Zichen Liu, Jingyi (Jessy) Qiu (read more about the team)

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