Final Capstone Project: the Redesign of the McPolin barn in Park City, Utah.
McPolin Farm is a historical site in Park City on the National Register of Historic places. It’s located along the main road that leads to the Old Town area of Park City, with the ski resorts as a backdrop. It is surrounded by preserved farmland used as ski and bike trails year-round.
The inside of the barn has amazing light and a wonderful presence. My goal was to combine the attributes of light and how it affects the space at different times of day with Biophilic principles, to create a sustainable community gathering space. The focus is the garden that opens up to upstairs, bringing nature inside. The roof of part of the barn is glass, bringing light in and creating a Mediterranean atmosphere year around, where tropical plants can grow in the winter. The structure is further supported by undulating glass beams that light up at night. The main floor has local vendor booths, and a coffee and ice cream shop with an outside window to serve skiier and runners, year around. The garden is the main focus on the main floor, with an artist gallery in the back. Upstairs is a restaurant and beer hall.
McPolin Barn is a historical site, that sits empty. The opportunity to create a space that the community can use year-round, in such an important site, would benefit the local community.