These are some images from our recent submittal to the Highlands Farmers Market Competition sponsored by Sprocket Design/Building in Denver.
Our take on the project was to make the market secondary to a more general community-use building. While adaptable for use as a market, the building is more of an open market-hall that can host art classes, shows, etc. beyond the seasonal and weekly market. A long, narrow site along 32nd Avenue, just east of the Highlands retail district was the chosen site, spanning from the street to the alley.
Our project posited a curving, cantilevered, plywood-clad box that houses the community meeting room and office functions creating a covered ‘porch’ for the neighborhood. The jury clearly picked schemes that put a more dominant emphasis on the farmer’s market with the winning scheme particularly elegant and minimalist. There are many very interesting submissions, some more or less conventional, others pushing the boundaries of what a market might be and how urban space is formulated.
Thanks to Kate Iverson for her help in formulating the design and program and to Susan Everett for her logo and identity contributions.