PROVIDENCE, RI COMPLETION: FALL 2017
“THE SHACK” is a new seafood shack/biergarten in the heart of former I-195 land, and adjacent to the Wexford Innovation Center under construction. A small transportable "shack" will be set in a garden of three distinct zones, diminishing in constructed materiality and recalling the coastal context of the project .
The “patio” is the main eating area, fed by a path of dark charcoal pavers contrasted by re-purposed granite curbs and crushed sea shell paving. Festoon lighting hangs above classic wood picnic tables creating a backyard bbq feel.
The “stage” is a simple slightly elevated wood platform that will act as the cultural heart of the garden and host a range of planned hip-hop and various other performances. The north portion of the project features the “lawn” where sculpted landforms allow for simple play and the open space allows for a myriad of activities.
All of these components are wrapped in a thick green edge of meadow plantings and native grasses, River Birch and Dawn Redwood trees. The planted edge also acts as a stormwater collection garden, keeping all water on site. A meandering custom cedar and blue construction fabric fence with integrated lighting artfully cradle the project from neighboring construction that will be taking place in the district.
The project was designed in close collaboration with the Dune Brothers (the restaurant operators) Stay Silent PVD (Event Planners), JP Murton (Developing Partner), Fuss and O'neil Engineers, and the I-195 District Commission.