San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Storybook Pavilion: Worms-at-Work!


Titled Worms at Work, this play pavilion is one of five winning entries of the 2016 Storybook Houses design competition on exhibit at the San Antonio Botanical Garden from March 5th to July 10, 2016. The competition is co-hosted by the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Each of the five pavilion designs is inspired by children’s storybook about ecology. Worms at Workinspired by Diary of a Worm, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss,  brings to life a central theme from this story by imagining a people-sized worm tunnel as a mine. Inside the structure is a mining cart filled with vermi-compost: recognizable vegetable scraps transforming into rich soil as they are processed by real works at work!

Bucrane Design Build loves to collaborate! Local artist Alicia Mendez of the Estella Mendez Art Co. completed the mine tunnel mural on the back wall and helped us bring our “rock” walls to life.

Check out some of the local press on this project:

SA Current: Storybook Houses’ Brings Whimsical Favorites to the San Antonio Botanical Garden

San Antonio Express News: Kids’ books inspire storybook structures 

San Antonio Botanical Garden: Events

SA Current: “Storybook Houses” Is Coming to the San Antonio Botanical Garden