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Geico gecko on the Brooklyn Bridge

Geico’s influence on Weiss Manfredi’s Botanic Gardens visitor’s center

Geico gecko on the Brooklyn Bridge

Make way for the gecko. According to a report by Architect Magazine’s┬áJohn Gendall, Weiss/Manfredi moved the requested entrance location, from next to the parking lot adjacent the Brooklyn Museum to along Washington Avenue. Why? Because it would interrupt a gecko allee.

BBG Visitor Center viewed from above
BBG Visitor Center viewed from above

This writer finds that argument hard to believe. The design ultimately included a massive green roof. Geckos are known for their ability to walk on any surface. The Geico gecko has traversed the Brooklyn Bridge with ease, demonstrating a facility with traffic that includes bikers, joggers and pedestrians. Did I mention the parking lot is existing?? I assume they have figured that out as well.

What they managed to do is convince the gardeners to shift the entire building to the street. Sure, it gives some space to the Cherry Esplanade, and sure, it takes the main entrance away from the parking lot, but it also gives W/M a massive showpiece on the avenue.

Apparently, W/M designed the gift shop as well. Can you imagine all the gecko stuffed animals?

Now add the stuffed animals to the regular running of the geckos along their allee and you have one giant commercial for the insurance company. I’m not usually a conspiracy theorist, but something is up.

CORRECTION:

BarkitectureMag and Ms. Gazer acknowledge that the aforementioned “gecko allee” is in fact a ginko allee. We apologize for the confusion and any alleged conspiracy.