The Grange at Fairfield Farm
The Hotchkiss School | Lakeville, Connecticut
Fairfield Farm immerses students in nature to instill a sense of local and global responsibility for natural resources. Students grow, harvest and process crops served in their dining hall. The Grange is where the food is prepped and stored. Its design was inspired by agricultural building forms. The kitchen meets national health standards required by Hotchkiss’ food service provider and it accommodates Harkness-style instruction. A spacious porch is a classroom, place to dine, and an impromptu stage for concerts. 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 food service provider was a crucial consultant in our process. The project’s success is evident because the building and farm have been integrated into the curriculum of every academic department.
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