BRIT is an institution devoted to botanical conservation and education, with an emphasis on preserving the ecological diversity of Texas and its distinct bioregions. BRIT’s relocation to a site between the Fort Worth Botanical Garden and Cultural District created an opportunity to raise awareness of its important work.
With classrooms, research library, laboratories and one of the nation’s largest herbariums, the Institute has both highly public programs and areas that require special protection. Allied Works proposal utilized a cellular organization of interconnected pavilions and courtyards unified under a living roof. Individual program areas may be tuned to take advantage of natural ventilation, daylighting, and passive cooling systems. With shaded outdoor teaching spaces, gardens and regenerative wetlands, the environmental and site design extends the interpretive programs and identity of the institution into the surrounding landscape.