The Museum of Environmental Sciences wins its second international award for landscaping

Friday, July 7, 2023. – The Landscape Project of the Museum of Environmental Sciences (MCA) of the University of Guadalajara, responsible for the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, has been awarded the International Architecture and Design Awards in the category “Cultural Heritage Landscape Concept”, submitted by the Architecture Society Architectural and Design (AD-C).

Recently, this landscaping project was also marked by the international DNA Paris Design Awards, based in France. The museum’s gardens, located in the University Cultural Center (CCU), were honored with the Gold Award, the highest in their category.

The AD-C Awards, based in the US, features a jury made up of eminent personalities from the world of architecture and design of international stature. This year, they received more than 400 proposals, from 59 countries, in various categories.

On the official page of the competition, the university project is described as “a 2.6-hectare park, representing the museum’s first exhibition, illustrating the connections and interdependencies” in the urban-rural gradient. The Materials and Plants palette addresses three thematic themes: regional agricultural processes, water, and nature-based trade.

The landscape project, which hopes to achieve LEED sustainability certification, has listed a series of strategies for the efficient use of energy and water that contribute to climate change mitigation and the jury has considered awarding the prize.

MCA General Director, Dr. Eduardo Santana Castellon, explained that “an important component of this landscape design is that it responds to the needs raised by the neighbors in the workshops, to open up new opportunities for educational and recreational public spaces for children. Free access to the rooftop allows for democratization On the views of our city from the heights. Along with the community development lab and the educational garden of the museum.”

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The award-winning landscape design was developed by Snøhetta, under the direction of Jackie Martinez, Craig Dykers, and other collaborators from the firm.


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