The Rio Grande Botanical Conservatory Garden, Albuquerque, New Mexico
This Botanical is designed by Mazira Inc.
This green house type garden is 10,000 square feet and maintains the temperatures (above 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit above outdoor lows) for desert and Mediterranean plant growth with little or no outside energy input. The window technology is sustainable for the health of these plants by the ventilation technology. The several technologies in this building is for the pavilions for the different types of plants including the conservation of Mediterranean Basin and Sonoran desert.Using solar energy and a maintenance free aluminum space frame, this structure's actually ended up costing only 15 percent of the total construction budget.