On an 11-acre property in the heart of Boulder, Colorado lies a quiet oasis of community gardens and green spaces surrounded by the bustle of the city. It is here that we are evolving and building out a master plan Watt Architecture brought forward in 2010 in support of Growing Gardens’ mission “to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture”. Working directly with staff and the board of directors, we created a vision to strengthen the local food system while providing a place to teach farming in an urban setting that builds on Watt Architecture’s past projets on the land– a 4000 square foot greenhouse, an orchard for over 150 heirloom fruit trees, the Children’s Peace Garden, horticultural therapy gardens, accessible gardens, and numerous shade structures for relief from the elements.
Watt Architecture, along with the invaluable assistance of fellow architect Dan Rotner, recently completed the Pollinator Pavilion, a 6000 square foot agricultural education center in the heart of the 11 acres. The Pavilion is a contemporary interpretation of barn vernacular using simple geometries and agricultural materials. Housing offices for Growing Gardens, an open air space for our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), a barn space for community gatherings and farm to table dinners, and a large open outdoor classroom to the south.
Modelled to perform as a zero-energy building, this modular steel frame, super insulated, high performance building was completed on a tight budget without interruption to Growing Gardens growing season.
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