• Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
  • Photo by Paul Warchol Photography
Philadelphia, PA

Morris Arboretum, Out on a Limb

Metcalfe worked with Morris Arboretum to craft a unique treetop experience - a place to learn from nature. The exhibit extends along 450 feet of elevated pathways within the arboretum’s forest. Our design balances perceived danger, actual safety, beautiful materials, and real trees. A visitor favorite is the “Squirrel Scramble,” an open-net climb suspended 50 feet above the ground where visitors can play and lounge in the forest canopy.

 

“[Out on a Limb] makes you see the world in a new way... [Metcalfe applies] time-honored architectural tricks to enhance nature’s drama—opening up a wide vista here, compressing the focus over there, while frequently testing our fear of heights. The result is a space that exerts an irresistible allure, to young and old alike.”

-Inga Saffron, architecture critic, Philadelphia Inquirer

 

2015 Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums - ”Buildy” Award

2012 International Galvanizing Awards - Highly Commended 

2010 AIA Pennsylvania - Architectural Excellence Award

2010 AIA Philadelphia Awards for Design Excellence - Gold Medal Award

2010 American Association of Museums - Excellence in Exhibition Design Award

2010 International Making Cities Livable Design Awards - Green Places Award  

2010 Best of Philly® Awards

“[Out on a Limb]...surpasses [our] educational and experiential aspirations...and does so in an original, creative, engaging and totally thrilling manner.”  

 

David Hollenberg, University Architect, University of Pennsylvania