Herbarium JBB / Juan Manuel Hoyos Mora


The Herbarium is a building located in the Bogotá Botanical Garden. It is designed for construction under very specific conditions of temperature, humidity, security, and isolation; a dried plant collection used for scientific research purposes. Constructing a building in the Botanical Garden is a major challenge due to its impact on the valuable natural environment.

  • Kiến trúc sư: Juan Manuel Hoyos Mora

  • Location: Jardín Botánico de Bogotá, Cl. 63 #6895, Bogotá, Colombia

  • Area: 635.0 m2

  • Project Year: 2017

For this reason, it was decided to build approximately 80% of the architectural program underground. This allowed for a continuation of the existing vegetation layer by using green roofs. The only façade of the building was oriented towards the north to obtain indirect lighting to most of the spaces, including the storage and collection areas.


Various passive and energy-saving systems were implemented for efficient management of resources and to align with the Botanical Garden´s misión statement. 


For example, a rainwater collection, storage, and treatment system was set in place so that rainwater water could be used for toilets and irrigation. Besides, solar tubes were installed to conduct and disperse lighting throughout the building.


The internal glass parts facilitate an intuitive connection between the different rooms and allow visitors to observe researchers working at the molecular biology lab. This space is the heart of the building, surrounded by additional areas such as offices, document centers, system rooms, isolation rooms, material reception spaces, and studios, where dry trees are located.


Humidity and temperature are carefully controlled and monitored in this studio through a highly precise, automated mechanical system. Also, an automatic fire detection and protection system was installed. It uses Novec 1230, a gas that helps in extinguishing a fire leaving no residue.


Reference: "Herbarium JBB / Juan Manuel Hoyos Mora" [Herbario JBB / Juan Manuel Hoyos Mora] 14 Sep 2018. ArchDaily.<https://www.archdaily.com/898686/herbarium-jbb-juan-manuel-hoyos-mora> ISSN 0719-8884

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