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Florida International University
International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB)
Development of a postgraduate academic and research Center for Florida International University on a site adjacent to “The Kampong” – a National Register of Historic Places listed site that was the home of David Fairchild. The Kampong is now one of five gardens managed by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), a Congressionally-chartered non-profit organization.
The mission of the International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) is to study tropical plants and the resources they provide; to develop solutions that ensure the conservation and sustainable use of tropical plants in order to preserve and to foster programs to educate future generations of tropical plant biologists.
Dictated by the triangular shape of the site and the need to work around a variety of specimen tress, the building program is distributed among three pavilions anchored by a centralized reception area. The building has a total of 11,000sf in a one story configuration with provisions for a future mezzanine in the northwest wing. The building’s materials palette is representative of the Kampong’s vernacular architecture consisting of standing seam metal shed roofs, smooth stucco and native rock veneer.