“Agrihood” Sales and Event Barn

January 14, 2019

Developers of an innovative farm-centered community built this Geobarn as a center for gathering, dining and sales.

Chickahominy Falls is an innovative community in Richmond, Virginia, built around farming and food as a neighborhood amenity. Residents aspire to a life of connection with the outdoors and with the agrarian landscape, which required the team to reconsider the well-worn models of community amenities. In this community, the sales center, clubhouse, pool and fitness buildings are all being reconceived in agrarian form, in a partnership with Geobarns.  The first building, which will be the center of the farm and neighborhood, must fulfill all the functions of a sales center, but also serve administrative and public functions for the farm and public events, all while communicating the values of this new community.  Two adjacent barn volumes house the sales/admin functions on one side, and public event and dining space on the other.  The two barns are connected by a broad porch and dogtrot, offering access to outdoor event spaces, and view over the expansive cutting-edge farm operation.  Furnishings and interiors have been designed to allow multifunction flexibility, while communicating the rustic elegance of the developer’s vision for this new kind of agricultural neighborhood…. an Agrihood.


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