Beyond the stone walls of the the former Santo Domingo de Guzman Monastery in Oaxaca, there is an Ethnobotanical Garden, in which the variety of plant species is testimony to the rich economic, cultural and social heritage of the southern Mexico city, one of the world’s most biodiverse places. In the garden, FGP Atelier, American firm which aim is to contribute to social and economic advancement through the alignment of Design, Science and Technology, designed the Orchid Educational Pavilion. It serves to assist the hospitality of species and educate visitors about civil and vegetal diversity.

The atelier designed a structure that minimizes environmental impact and energy consumption, integrating a passive cooling system, solar panels and geothermal heat. The building is conceived as an open grid, allowing natural light to enter and a visual contact with the 17th century former monastery. Its modular composition enables it to be quickly and easily dismantled and relocated. A central staircase leads visitors to the pavilion roof, where they can admire the monumental church and the botanical garden.

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