Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market
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|Architect||Hanna Gabriel Wells|
|Location||Ocean Beach, California|
|Date||1999 to 2002|
|Building Type||cooperative grocery store|
|Construction System||steel and timber frame|
|Sustainability||rooftop photovoltaics, rooftop solar water heating, energy efficiency, daylighting, shading, simple materials - GEEB|
|Context||suburban or urban|
|Notes||Villa and piazza site plan. Photovoltaics on roof.|
Draft renderings of the GEEB project 3D model:
Aerial overview, draft
Eye-level overview, draft
South elevation view, draft
West elevation view, draft
|Discussion||Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market Commentary
"Sustainability fits the mission of the co-op, which is member owned. One of their missions is to develop and nurture practices that have to do with living well and living lightly on the planet. Projecting these ideas into the building itself was very natural for them.
"You get a greater sense of place from being able to see time pass through the lights and shadows, and that's also true for being able to feel the air from outside. If you go to work in a hermetically-sealed building with artificial light, you kind of feel like you don't have a say in anything. You're doing time until you can get out. But when you're in a building where if you're warm you can walk over to the window and open it, or if it's too dark you can open the blinds, you have more control over your sense of place.
"Budget was definitely a challenge. But again, the client was open to dealing with that creatively. On the interior we were hoping to use a lot more demonstrative products, like boards made out of wheat and straw, or recycled glass for tiles. But because those were just finish items and weren't absolutely necessary, they got pushed out. At the same time, there were a lot of other items that weren't completely necessary that we kept in. The building has a lot more insulation than it was required to have. It's also got dual-paned glass windows.
"One of the biggest challenges early on had to do with the structural system of the building. A goal early on was to have a column-free marketplace, so we came up with a structural system to achieve that. Then the first round of costs came through, and they were higher than we wanted them to me, so we had to start making cost cutting decisions. We talked about making the structure of a traditional grocery store, with columns and beams. But ultimately it was retained, and it turned out to be one of the really outstanding features of the store. The roof is holding up the mezzanine, and the roof itself is held up by the perimeter wall."
Address: Ocean Beach, California
|Resources||Sources on Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market|
Links on Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market
Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market at the architect's web site
Ocean Beach People's Co-op Goes Green at CooperativeGrocer.com
Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op: Sustainable Building at the State of California
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