This design was selected as the winner of a state wide competition put on by the CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens. The design was inspired by biomimicry. Specifically, two metaphors derived from nature were used to guide the design process. The first metaphor was the shift in the earth's tectonic plates that result in the formation of something new. The architects wanted the pyramid to appear to be a result of a geological phenomenon and something that emerged from the earth's surface taking form as something original yet in harmony with the surrounding landscape. The second metaphor used was the intricate and defensive structure of honeycomb. The skin of the pyramid replicates the hexagonal shape of honeycomb. A highly technical cladding system was implemented to protect the pyramid from the elements much like a beehive. The panels were fitted with solar electric panels that create energy for the science exhibits located inside the pyramid. Additionally, there are several glass portholes made from electrochromic glass that adjust opacity based on solar intensity and the rain screen is the first of its kind in the United States. Inside the pyramid are interactive displays that aid in teaching visitors about the unique ecosystems of Colorado. The interior was designed to inspire the citizen scientist in all visitors. Projection and digital components allows for visitor to learn about weather patterns, genetics, conservation, and much more. A sleek demo desk with a cutting-edge microscope allows visitors to see plants at a cellular level. The pyramid is a learning tool for the gardens that assists in spread knowledge and recruiting ambassadors for global conservation.