A new kind of community center has opened in Healdsburg in the heart of Sonoma. Designed by Jensen Architects, SHED, which ushers the traditional barn typology into the 21st century, is a combination coffee shop, restaurant, mercantile store, and meeting space.
Glazed garage doors and other large openings on two levels expose the interior to the surroundings, including a restored habitat made up of large shade trees and a garden that captures and filters storm water.
On the high-tech side, the pre-engineered metal frame is made up of 70-percent recycled steel coated with non-VOC paint. The building is clad with prefabricated metal panels that are insulated with polyisocyanurate foam. Rooftop photovoltaic panels produce about a third of the building’s energy needs.
Going back to basics, the interior features intricate tile arrangements by Sonoma Tilemakers, salvaged wood elements sourced by local firm Aborica, and wood furniture created by area woodworkers.