Danforth Plant Sciences Center

Christner Architects
Olivette, Missouri

In photographing the laboratory spaces, landscape, and public spaces, it was crucial to highlight the seamless integration of the building as an expansion of the original architecture designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Nicholas Grimshaw. Clad in matching terra cotta panels, Christner Architects manages to match the building without copying it directly. 

Since 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has brought nearly 300 scientists from more than 20 different countries together to answer humanity’s most profound challenges. Today the Danforth Center is the largest organization of its kind, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit founded toimprove the human condition through plant science.

Architectural photography equipment used was a Nikon d7100 with a wide-angle 10-20mm lens and an 18-85mm lens. Also a SLIK tripod. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop were used for processing the RAW architectural photography images.

Achieving the desired balance between light and shadow is a primary goal of architectural photography. Here you will find some of our favorite images from the lab spaces, landscape, and public spaces that were photographed in the award-winning photo studio. The blending within each space was achieved by careful camera angles, HDR rendering and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and was one of the first buildings completed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Nicholas Grimshaw. The building is clad in matching terra cotta panels and resembles a warm terracotta color. Since 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has brought nearly 300 scientists from more than 20 different countries together to answer humanity’s most profound challenges. Today the Danforth Center is the largest organization of its kind, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit founded to improve the human condition through plant science.

Additional projects completed by Christner Architects include a expanded greenhouse facility and meeting and lounge areas.

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