Hope Farms is a community-focused farming and education design. The multi-use spaces and landscape provide locals with gathering places that suit a variety of needs.
The theme of the EP Exhibit 2016 is It Takes a Community. Selected projects showcase the best work from young designers highlighting community impact and engagement.
The leading idea for the design and planning of Hope Farms is a dedicated area to learn about farming, experience the farm-to-table process, and engage with the community in educational activities. Many aspects of the existing environment are preserved and enhanced with the architecture.
In addressing the natural resources on site, the pecan trees were conserved and surrounded by program, creating a natural community space. Located centrally, the community space acts as a multi-use space capable of adapting to farm activities and to large community events.
Within, the landscape provides additional farming functions specifically for the general public but also serves as a location marker for new visitors to the farm. Understanding a need for privacy, management and intern housing is reserved in a sequestered area but easily accessible.
All programmatic areas of the farm are focused inward to the natural community space but are also joined through a raised deck, giving continuity to the activities on the farm. The overall use of materials is meant to provide a warm palette to a simple, engaging design.