SHED Store and Cafe

DesignerMark Jensen
PrizeHonorable Mention
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Entry Description

A place to share food, and stories, this modern interpretation of the traditional barn typology houses a market cafe, mercantile store, and meeting space. Sustainability is central to the design, which incorporates a resource efficient prefabricated metal structure, thermally efficient insulated metal panel cladding, and a naturally ventilated interior that opens itself to the street and restored creek-side riparian habitat. The owners sought to create a place where the beauty and aliveness of the complete food cycle would become visible, revealing and reinforcing the path from farm to table. The facility offers visitors a variety of ways to enjoy the region’s foods. The Cafe features an open kitchen, wood oven, and seasonal menus highlighting local farmers and producers. Visitors can also stop in for coffee and espresso, roasted by Healdsburg’s Flying Goat Coffee and served up at the Coffee Bar, or come by to enjoy a selection of local wine, beer, or kombucha from the Fermentation Bar. The Larder and Pantry offer prepared dishes, house-made products, and other provisions from far and near. A communal table and more intimate seating weave between these components, inviting people to sit and enjoy the food and company. Local produce and flowers, as well as grains grown in the area and milled onsite, further illuminate the connection between land and table. On the ground level, a distinctive selection of tools, housewares, and farm supplies mingle with the culinary offerings to encourage an informal flow of activities and exchange. The owners’ passion for the tools of the trade is evident in the beauty and quality of each item, carefully selected from the workshops of makers around the world. By design, the building embodies the proprietors’ spirit of sharing and connectedness. The building opens fully to the street, inviting people in and letting the activity spill out.