Jensen Architects-designed farm-to-table project in Healdsburg completes in 5 weeks
Overlooking Foss Creek in Healdsburg, California is a warm and welcoming scheme headed by San Francisco-based studio Jensen Architects. The 6,072 sq ft SHED project provides the oft-missing link between local farmers and produce suppliers and an eager public with an open showcase of regional foodstuffs and opportunities to engage with similarly-minded people.
Construction of the SHED shell took only 5 weeks as the design team utilised off-the-shelf components and a pre-engineered building system to manufacture parts off-site, leaving only a swift assembly to be completed at the chosen location. The process enabled Jensen Architects ultimate spatial possibilities with the benefits of material efficiency and cost effectiveness, drawing the construction project in line with SHED’s ethos.
In a case study released by Jensen Architects, the firm refers to the design of SHED thus: “Conceived as a barn that is contemporary rather than nostalgic, SHED’s architecture is authentic and honest, resonating with Healdsburg’s past while also engaging in its present-day culture. With the help of the region’s many environmentally-minded manufacturers, consultants, and artisans, the building and grounds share SHED’s embrace of community, sustainability, and place.”
With intrinsic references to the local barn vernacular, SHED was realised using largely recycled materials in a contemporary take on the traditional ‘grange’ building. The metal panels that make up the walls and roof of the form are insulated with a core of impervious, closed-cell polyisocyanurate foam and sport a Zincalume exterior finish and painted white interiors. Photovoltaic panels on the building’s roof provide 1/3 of its energy demands while 9 roll-up doors employ natural ventilation systems to cool the interior volumes without relying on artificial techniques.
Once inside, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in local produce from the Healdsburg area. Local farmers and producers are able to market their wares in an open kitchen equipped with wood oven and seasonal menus; coffee is roasted by Healdsburg’s Flying Goat Coffee and served at the Coffee Bar; and the Fermentation Bar supplies a range of local wine, beer and kombucha. Those wishing to enjoy their purchases in-house can meet at the communal table or relax at the quieter seating weave. Upstairs, visitors can engage in workshops, talks, exhibitions and films in a flexible open space which can also be hired out for private events.
While the pre-fabricated nature of SHED’s design meant no painting of the interiors was necessary, Jensen Architects sourced almost all of the wood for the remainder of the interior design from local urban salvage, namely thorough Evan Shively of Aborica. This included: Monterey Cyprus for the exterior decking, fencing, wall cladding and second-floor trellis; Elm for the coffee bar, stand-up bar, and event space floor and walls; Monterey Pine for the upper floor’s ceiling; and Bay Laurel for the larder casework and shelving.
Click here to read the full case study by Jensen Architects.
Architect: Jensen Architects
Landscape Designer: Russian Riverkeeper, Don McEnhill
Structural Engineer: CBC Steel Buildings, ZFA Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Lighting Design: Jensen Architects
Audio Visual: Lavish Automation
Acoustical: Terry Hill