Desert Botanical Garden Butterfly Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ

A new 3,200 square foot open-air butterfly pavilion located in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Construction of new one-story, unconditioned, screen-enclosed freestanding structure for housing butterflies in an open environment simulating their natural habitat and a one-story enclosed and conditioned building for receiving and caring for butterfly pupae until they reach maturity and are released inside the screened enclosure. The new habitat includes interpretive and interactive exhibits, activities and research. The exhibit features live butterflies, a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber, and provides visitors up close interaction with the butterflies while learning about the characteristics of their lifecycles. MIAA provided the architectural design of the exhibit under Spurlock Landscape Architects.