Steve Palmier Architecture

VanDusen Botanical Garden: Interpretive Centre, Signage and Wayfinding
Vancouver
, BC

………………Entry Signage……………………………….…………………….Interior Wayfinding……………………….………………..Donor Wall………

…….Central Medallion Feature………………Interpretive Centre “Discovery Hall”…………………………….Interactive Technology………………………

VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

The City of Vancouver Parks Board with VanDusen Botanical Garden appointed ORCA Canada while Steve Palmier was Managing Partner to provide

design services for the Interpretive Centre throughout the new Visitor Centre. The interpretation strategy included conceptual development, design development

and the co-ordination of the fabrication and installation of an interpretive program throughout the new Visitor Centre and the Garden including interactivity and

way-finding concepts. Three levels of interactivity were devised: tangible touch displays, static graphic displays and interactive touch screen displays, and the

content was developed alongside the Botanical Garden team of staff and Garden Director. The content themes included: biodiversity, plant conservation, water

conservation, native plants, ”green” gardening, invasive species, sustainability and the general importance of plants to society.

 

The exhibits were designed to speak to a younger audience and a multicultural audience, capturing and maintaining the interest of visitors of all demographic.

We were also commissioned to provide branding design services to the new Visitor Centre and provided compatibility with this. All interpretive elements were

constructed with environmentally responsible materials and fabrication processes.

Construction Budget: $800,000

Phase I Completion: November 2011

Phase I Completed: November 2011


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