The Grange at Fairfield Farm
The Hotchkiss School | Lakeville, Connecticut
Fairfield Farm at The Hotchkiss School immerses students in nature to instill a sense of local and global responsibility for natural resources through a program in which they grow, harvest and process produce that will ultimately be served in their dining hall. The Farm’s “Grange” is flexible, multi-purpose building that supports the program and functions simultaneously as a food prep/storage facility, kitchen, and classroom.
Its design was inspired by agricultural building forms. The kitchen meets national health standards required by Hotchkiss’ food service provider, who was a crucial consultant in our process, and it accommodates Harkness-style instruction. A spacious porch is a learning environment, place to dine, and a venue for special events. A vegetable washing stand flanks the loading area, from which produce is processed and/or stored in a highly insulated full basement below grade. For much of the year, two of the three storage areas maintain the temperatures passively. The project’s success has allowed Fairfield Farm to grow beyond its original program by becoming integrated into the curricula of virtually every academic department, from the life sciences class that use the farm as an outdoor lab to the humanities that hold poetry readings or concerts from the porch.
AIA Connecticut Chapter, Design Award, 2016
AIA Connecticut Chapter, People’s Choice Award, 2016
SARA National Design Award, Award of Honor, 2019
Size: 4,500 sf
Budget: $1.58 million