“For the design of Farmer’s Park Greenhouse, we drew on the simplicity of functional greenhouse buildings, modifying off-the-shelf greenhouse parts to create an informal and contextual pavilion in the park.” –Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Design Principal
This all-glass greenhouse restaurant is located in Farmer’s Park, a two-acre park and community gathering place in downtown Anaheim. Designed to anchor the north end of the park, the greenhouse pavilion is a counterpoint to the historic Packing House food hall at the south end. Farmer’s Park Greenhouse is a light-filled, airy space that establishes a welcoming atmosphere for the park, which is home to regular community events such as outdoor movies and a weekly farmer’s market.
The design combines standard greenhouse components with hybrid parts that allow the building to be naturally ventilated through operable skylights, two large pivot doors, and two 12-by-14-foot sliding barn doors. These sliding doors open the restaurant to adjacent outdoor spaces including a covered patio with olive and kumquat trees, firepits, and a bocce ball court. Drawing on the language of functional agricultural buildings, the design incorporates glass walls and a glass pitched roof to create a bright, spacious environment. Inside, Cultivation Kitchen restaurant continues the emphasis on environmental connectivity with its all-organic, “shovel-to-fork” menu. The restaurant houses an espresso and kombucha bar, communal tables, and casual seating options that complete the greenhouse’s informal atmosphere.
“The Farmer’s Park Greenhouse is one of a series of projects we’re working on with LAB Holding designed to help revitalize key urban centers in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and San Clemente. These vibrant, community-centered projects create pedestrian-oriented hubs within the larger car-dominated urban landscape of Southern California.” –Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Design Principal
Project Team: Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Design Principal; Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Mentor; John Hallock, LEED® AP, Project Architect; Edward Lalonde and Hayden Robinson, Architectural Staff; Phil Turner, Gizmo Design
Key Consultants: CB Kenner Inc., General Contractor; Ken Smith, Landscape Architect; Grid Engineers, Structural Engineer; Linwood Engineering Associates, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer