The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
"I come to the Gardens for my health, the serenity of nature, and the company of kindred souls."
Beverly Mosely,
Garden Volunteer
Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.

shadow pavilion

Shadow Pavilion at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Shadow Pavilion was a temporary experimental installation by U-M Taubman College professor Karl Daubmann in collaboration with John Marshall. The project was an extension from a graduate studio course. It utilized computer-generated architectural forms inspired by organic models to design site-specific structures that maximize utility while minimizing material and waste. This botanical-inspired structure was designed for the overlook on the Sam Graham Trees Trail. It framed the vista for visitors while providing both shade and a visual destination that oriented people to the view point.

We were pleased to participate this innovative research by UM faculty and students.

Construction was assisted by graduate students Ngoc Thy Phan and Alex Timmer with construction volunteers Craig Borum, Peggy Chong, Jen Maigret, Jessica Mattson, Katie Santer, Dwight Song and Alex Watanabe. This project was made possible by a Research-through-Making grant from Taubman College at the University of Michigan and the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

Conceptual challenge: link (PDF)

Shadow Pavilion was an architectural concept: link (PDF)

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