The National Botanical Garden of Chile is located
on a 1,000 Acre site in central Chile, adjacent to
the city of Viña del Mar along the Pacific coast.
The gardens have been operated at a small scale for
the past 60 years, and have seen a reduction in management
in research over the past twenty years. In 2003,
an arm’s-length Foundation was created to operate
the grounds and to develop projects which will be
economically viable and sympathetic with the broader
goals of the institution.
Cohlmeyer Architecture was engaged to guide the planning of the site. The project includes:
The project is seen by both Canada and the Municipality of Viña del Mar as an important project for transference of Canadian capabilities. The major focus of this transfer is the planning process, which coordinates human-centred development with natural ecological patterns, and which assures least negative impact on existing natural systems.