Cultivate

Cultivate

Architect
Kripper Studio
Location
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Shops
John Horner Photography
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
RoofingGAF
TileDaltile
Subway Tile
Facade cladding, Exterior metal sidingFirestone Building Products EMEA
Windows, Glazed entry vestibuleKawneer
Plumbing FixturesAmerican Standard
Moss wallArtisan Moss

Product Spec Sheet
Tile
Subway Tile by Daltile
Facade cladding, Exterior metal siding
Windows, Glazed entry vestibule
by Kawneer
Plumbing Fixtures
Moss wall

Cultivate

Kripper Studio as Architects

By the Numbers

1,970 sqft (retail floor)

1,320 sqft (lower floor for storage)

3,600 sqft (total interiors)

Sustainability Elements

  • Reuse of existing building
  • Stain-free, veneer-free wood
  • Accommodate live plants

Design Solutions - Interior

  • Create a more voluminous interior by eliminating the existing steps, which created a split-level interior, to level the floor to create one continuous level
  • Raise the ceiling height for the retail floor
  • As a more inclusive solution, design all of the counters to be ADA compliant as oppose to having only one dedicated counter
  • Custom design display cases and counters with the same plywood used for the walls to maintain consistency within the materials palette
  • Incorporate freestanding display cases to define circulation and display product
  • Use simple raw materials - like concrete, plywood and metal - to create an environment that is approachable, yet through the detailing is sophisticated and professional
  • Plan for adjusted installed lighting levels to account for the diminished natural light
  • Support the concept of incorporating live plants, to relate to the brand, with custom designed shelving units where living plants are placed around the perimeter
  • Design a welcoming, first interaction retail experience by integrating the security check-point with the rest of the space by using the same architectural elements

Design Solutions - Exterior

  • Use of 2 different metal profiles for siding: grey and wider profile for the base and white and thinner profile for the upper volume.
  • Given the long proportions of the building, use two different metal profile panels for the siding. On the lower register, a grey and wider panel. On the upper register, a white and thinner panel. This solution creates a base and an upper section for the exterior that visually has overall better proportions.
  • Vertically extend the building’s parapet to create greater presence on Route 9 and provide an area for façade graphics
  • Incorporate green graphic elements on the façade to make the building more distinguishable on Route 9 and connect to Cultivate logo

What was the brief?

  • Reuse, renovate and redesign an existing freestanding building, previously used for a restaurant, to create an upscale retail experience for a cannabis dispensary.
  • Recognize that existing site conditions and regulatory protocols could foster innovative design solutions.

What were the key challenges?

  • Create a retail experience that conveys upscale professionalism, is approachable and welcoming
  • Anticipate overwhelming customer demand and design a spacious retail experience within an existing small, narrow footprint. Existing proportions were not conducive to creating an open, expansive environment.
  • Limited natural light due to a restriction on clear glass windows for cannabis dispensaries dictated by current regulations. Therefore, all windows must have a privacy film.
  • Incorporate a security, identification checkpoint at the entrance without compromising the overall design integrity or customer experience
  • Update infrastructure including HVAC, lighting and electrical systems

 

Material Used :
1. Facade cladding: Omega Panels, Firestone
2. Exterior metal siding: Omega Panels, Firestone
3. Flooring: Polished Concrete
4. Doors: Steelcraft
5. Windows: Kawneer
6. Glazed entry vestibule: Kawneer
7. Roofing: Timberline, GAF
8. Interior lighting: DMF Lighting
9. Tile: Subway Tile, Daltile
10. Interior furniture: Custom, designed by Kripper Studio
11. Plywood, Steel and Glass displays: Custom, designed by Kripper Studio
12. Fabricator: Mousam Valley Millwork
13. Plumbing Fixtures: American Standard 
14. Moss wall: Artisan Moss

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Products used in this project
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