Overlook - Brooklyn Botanic Garden


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The Robert W. Wilson Overlook is an ascending garden with spectacular views of Cherry Esplanade and the Cranford Rose Garden. Its winding path, shaped by smooth walls with integrated benches, leads visitors through a lush and ever-evolving landscape filled with summer-flowering crape-myrtle trees, ornamental grasses, and herbaceous perennials. The innovative switchback path allows better access to the Garden for visitors of all abilities.

The structure, named in recognition of the late Robert W. Wilson, a former Brooklyn Botanic Garden trustee, was designed by architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi and echoes the adjacent Steinberg Visitor Center, also designed by Weiss/Manfredi. The accessible route encourages visitor engagement with the Garden's landscape through the creation of communal gathering spaces and new vantage points.

The Robert W. Wilson Overlook was longlisted in the prestigious Dezeen Awards in 2022, and won in the Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture category at the 2023 International Architecture Awards.


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