designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah
 

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah

located in the rural desert town of bluff, utah, designbuildBLUFF has formed a community kitchen and grilling pavilion as part of a greater masterplan to develop a vacant site. the project, titled ‘fire mesa’, is a product of community vision, collaboration, and improvisation. built to host a variety of events and functions, the new intervention provides a place for local residents to gather.

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the outdoor grill and kitchen serving window

all images courtesy of designbuildBLUFF

 

 

the project by designbuildBLUFF features a 400 ft2 commercial kitchen, which will be used by the community center and rented out for events, and a 14 ft long outdoor grill that is accessible to visitors year-round. the building will serve as a hub for events, including the annual hot air balloon festival, and will provide a place for yoga or picnics for the neighboring community center.

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

red rammed earth echoes the texture of the red cliffs beyond

 

 

designbuildBLUFF worked with local residents to develop a master plan proposal for the community center site that includes an improved playground, recreation areas and walking paths, native vegetation, and a program for performances and stargazing. imagined as a space for gathering, indoor and outdoor cooking and music, fire mesa is the first built component of the masterplan and the centerpiece of the expansive site.

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

the open plan kitchen can suit large events and small gatherings

 

 

community members were also involved in the building process of fire mesa. using rammed earth, the building is given a natural aesthetic, perfectly befitting the desert backdrop. as well as creating a beautiful, hand-crafted texture using local materials, the use of rammed earth also functions to provide shade from the intense sun and strong winds, tempering the interior environment by thermal mass.

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

rammed earth is exposed in the interior of the kitchen

 

 

the walls of the pavilion tell the story of their slow and manual creation through the visible layers of material. many of the other finishes were also salvaged or donated. the underside of the sprawling canopy which floats above the rammed earth is clad in corrugated metal left over from previous projects. windows are finished with salvaged steel while the beams of the canopy are charred to darken and protect the wood.

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

the rammed earth grill was primarily constructed with volunteer labor

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

hand built grills allow for ease of maintenance

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

each section of rammed earth wall bears the marks of its construction

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

the new kitchen pavilion is the centerpiece of future site developments

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

the kitchen and pavilion are designed to support a wide range of events

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

native vegetation and low-maintenance site features are essential to future programming

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

fire mesa is the first realized component of a greater masterplan

designbuildBLUFF uses rammed earth to build a community kitchen in utah designboom

the masterplan includes improvements to recreation for all ages in the community

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘fire mesa’

type: community kitchen and grilling pavilion

location: bluff, utah, the U.S

architect: designbuildBLUFF

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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