Floriated Interpretation engaged PROJECT RE_ to develop accessory use structures to fulfill fundamental programmatic needs: 1) storage of dry goods in the spring; 2) shading of sun-sensitive plants in the summer; and 3) protection of plants from freezing over the winter. New elements were integrated with an existing commercial shed serving administrative functions.
The design objectives for ALL ACCESS 02 were to use vernacular strategies for the passive control of air, light and water; demonstrate what can be done with reused/recycled materials; and employ construction strategies that could be completed by people with knowledge bases and skills still in development. The site lease prohibited installation of permanent structures, so the design employs principles of component-based pre-fabrication and Design for Deconstruction. The entrepreneur aspires to expand her business and utilize the demountable built elements on a larger site in the future. Predicated on systems for mass production, the structure developed for ALL ACCESS 02 demonstrates how universal components from the ALL ACCESS system can be integrated in the creation of a site specific design. Components were pre-fabricated and delivered to site to ensure quality and decrease on-site construction time. Construction was completed by Trade Institute of Pittsburgh carpentry and welding apprentices who gained job training and elevated their earning potential while contributing to their community.
The near vertical southern roof plane provides a canvas for artwork to promote Floriated Interpretation. A community event was held where local youth, artists, trade apprentices, and university students came together to paint the graphic. Materials harvested from deconstruction projects and manufacturer overstock sourced by Construction Junction divert waste from landfills. Completed in September 2016, the tailored features of ALL ACCESS 02 are intended to help Floriated Interpretation operate more effectively while promoting love and knowledge of gardening.
Floriated Interpretation Nursery
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
John Folan, UDBS Director
Alise Kuwahara Day, UDBS Fellow
Tony Krause, Master Carpenter
J William Gott, UDBS Fellow; Naomie Laguerre, Garrett Rauck, Alexa Roberts, Rachel Sung