Cooper Robertson Designs Edible Academy for New York Botanical Garden

The campus will accommodate a greenhouse, amphitheater, gardens, and classrooms. All images courtesy of NYBG/Cooper Robertson.

The New York Botanical Garden will launch its Edible Academy in the spring of 2018, offering a broad range of engaging educational opportunities including cultivation, cooking, nutrition. The $28 million project will serve as a new educational hub for local students, and is expected in double the Bronx facility’s onsite learning population to an estimated 100,000 annually. Designed by New York–based firm Cooper Robertson, the plan will also expand the footprint of the area to a full three acres.



Images courtesy of NYBG/Cooper Robertson.

The original plan for a one-room schoolhouse was scrapped early on to make way for a more advanced complex, housing a teaching greenhouse, a terraced amphitheater, a classroom building, and expansive outdoor gardens. The structure will be equipped with advanced technology for distance learning, and aim for LEED Gold certification.