miami beach, FL
Program development and executive creative direction of the Barn project began in 2013 with the intent to establish a culinary and events destination at a node along a one-mile stretch of natural river frontage to stimulate new patterns of traffic across a 188-acre downtown infill development site in West Sacramento’s Bridge District.
The City of West Sacramento
Through collaboration with !melk (NYC), the form of the BARN was designed to affiliate more with the natural riparian ecology of the river than with its city-density development context–creating a sense that the wilds of the river have leapt into the organized geometry of the neighborhood to lock fingers with it. The Barn’s materiality recalls that of buildings built for agricultural production, thus honoring the region’s agricultural heritage, yet bringing it–through form–forward into the 21st century. The Barn opened in 2016.