WANAQUA COMMUNITY GARDENS
The Wanaqua Family Garden, created in collaboration with GROW NYC, was envisioned to be a mixing space for the entire community.
Located next to PS 43 in the Bronx, one of the primary goals of the garden was to provide a space for students to learn about the local community and agriculture.
Palette’s strategy was to organize the site in thirds with the school garden on one side and the community’s plots on the other, with a central mixing space which would contain the functional needs including a place where everyone could gather, learn from each other, and enjoy the produce.
SUN SHADING & RAINWATER HARVESTING
The central structure provides shelter for the most important activities, while its inverted gable roof funnels rainwater to storage tanks next to the tool shed.
Because the construction labor was mainly voluntary and the budget was limited, the structure needed to have long-spanning structural elements while being cheap, readily available, easy-to-assemble and light enough to be lifted by hand.
Palette also created a new type construction document set that could be used by non-professionals in order to construct the canopy.