An 8,500 SF project for the North Dakota Farmer’s Union, Founding Farmers was designed to meet LEED Gold standards, making it the first restaurant in Washington, D.C. to achieve such a rating. The design concept was to put a twist on the traditional farm: commonly found materials such as wood beams, white washed barn wood, and standing seam metal roof, were reinterpreted and used in unconventional ways throughout the restaurant. Rural architectural forms have been reimagined as functional elements, such as the silo transformed into a series of dining booths. Gathering materials and furnishings from regional sources reduced the restaurant’s carbon footprint. Even the jars of fruits and vegetables are from a farm in West Virginia.
Awards: 2009 Boutique Design, Finalist, Best Restaurant 2009 Earth Minded Award, HD magazine and ASID 2009 Gold Key, Finalist, Hotels Magazine and Interior Design magazine 2009 Grand Prize, Restaurant / Casual Dining Award – Association of Retail Environments (ARE) 2009 Project of the Year, National Capital Green Building Council 2009 ARE Sustainability Awards – second place, Association of Retail Environments (ARE)
Client: North Dakota Farmer’s Union
Project Team: Peter Hapstak, Deborah Lerner, Allison Cooke, Christopher Peli
General Contractor: Forrester Construction Company