Currently under construction, The Barn is the pilot project for The Bridge District in the City of West Sacramento, CA — a new 178-acre mix-use neighborhood one mile from the California State Capitol. Positioned along the Sacramento River, The Barn is a multi-use structure that blurs the disciplinary boundaries of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Structural Engineering.
Situated within the larger Northern California agricultural zone, the sculptural form of The Barn is inspired by a sprouting vegetable seed. This form is then facilitated by a contemporary interpretation of traditional barn building components with the aid of parametric design.
Structurally, the building is designed to seemingly defy gravity. As a double cantilever, the superstructure springs upward from two independent foundations, meeting at a dramatic apex that forms a sinuous canopy. The beams and trusses are constructed from glued laminated wood. Intermittent steel reinforcements join the various trusses into beautifully expressed trestles visible from within the two enclosed “pods” and from the exposed underside of the canopy. The shell of the structure is achieved by using nominal wood members, laid side-by-side in a singular direction, to create straight line generated curves upon which the shingle roofing can be applied.
Programmatically, the project is comprised of two “pods” from which each side of the superstructure contacts the ground, an open air canopy, and a larger landscape that connects to the river walk and new development. The “pods” have different uses with one serving as a restaurant and the other serving as the leasing office for new developments around the Bridge District. The restaurant, which doubles as a beer garden, provides outdoor seating that will be protected from the sun beneath an 80-foot long canopy that soars 20-feet in the air.
Fulcrum Property (client), Josh Freese/Freese Design Studio (parametric scripting), Magnusson Klemencic Associates (structural & civil engineer), BIMTech (architect of record), Brown Construction (general contractor)