P.S.216 Brooklyn, New York Edible Schoolyard

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P.S.216 Brooklyn, New York City Project

NY School Parking Lot Building, USA – design by WORK Architecture Company

13 Feb 2014 + 19 Apr 2010

P.S.216 Brooklyn Project

WORKac designs Edible Schoolyard at P.S.216 in Brooklyn, New York

Design: WORK Architecture Company

Update: Completed Photos now Online

WORKac designs the first Edible Schoolyard in New York. The project, to be located at what is now the school parking lot, consists of an organic garden, a mobile greenhouse, a kitchen classroom, and a systems wall containing a rainwater cistern, solar batteries and a chicken coop.

Edible Schoolyard 1

The Edible Schoolyard NY’s four major architectural elements complement the productive garden to create learning, growing and cooking spaces. Working together as a series of interlinked sustainable systems, these elements produce energy and heat, collect rainwater, process compost and sort waste to create an infrastructure that is entirely off grid.

Edible Schoolyard 2

At the heart of the project is the Kitchen Classroom, where a continuous counter provides space for three learning stations, a series of age appropriate kitchen equipment, storage and an office, all around three large dining tables where up to thirty students can sit together to enjoy the meals they prepare. The kitchen’s butterfly shaped roof channels rain water for reclamation.

Edible Schoolyard 3

Connected to one side of the Kitchen Classroom is the Mobile Greenhouse: a lightweight polycarbonate structure that extends the garden’s growing season by covering 1600sf of soil in the fall and winter and sliding it away in the spring, over the Kitchen Classroom, allowing additional crops to be planted in the same earth. On the other side is the Systems Wall: a series of round spaces that include a 1,500-gallon reclaimed water cistern, space for composting and waste-sorting, storage for the solar power batteries, dishwashing facilities, a tool shed and a chicken coop!

Edible Schoolyard 4

Finally, standing in the garden next to the outdoor oven and the large picnic table is the Ramada – a round seating area, shaded and protected by a roof of photovoltaic panels, where children first gather to become oriented for the morning lesson and work plan before starting the farming and cooking activities of the day.

Photos © Iwan Baan

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About Work Architecture Company

WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) is a partnership founded in 2003 by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Based in New York, WORKac strives to develop architectural and urban projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism.

WORKac’s recently completed projects include the installation ‘Public Farm 1’ at PS1/MoMA and the new headquarters for Diane von Furstenberg; current work includes the new P.S.216 Brooklyn in Queens, the extension of the Clark Art Institute at Mass MoCA, and the first Edible Schoolyard New York City with Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation. WORKac’s research on ecological urbanism resulted in the exhibition and book “49 Cities” published by the Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2009.

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