Garland Parklet, Pittsburgh
* Urban Grow Center
A Community Space for Agricultural Education
Situated in Garland Park in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, the initial inspiration for this project was to create an enclosed courtyard garden experience within the existing park.
The program is centered around the two enclosed green-spaces that support a local public farmers market and community greenhouse. The street facing mass houses the lobby, office spaces, classrooms and a lecture space while the side adjacent to the park consists of the greenhouse and covered market space.
The secondary driver of the form was the roof which directly relates to the environment through systems including rain collection and dynamic sun shading. The drainage driven form of the roof creates two opposing points of runoff collection in which water-activated gardens would be located