Kirsten R. Murray
This all-glass greenhouse restaurant is located in Farmer’s Park, a two-acre park and community gathering place in downtown Anaheim. Designed to anchor the north end of the park, the greenhouse pavilion is a counterpoint to the historic Packing House food hall at the south end. Cultivation Kitchen is a light-filled, airy space that establishes a welcoming atmosphere for the park, which is home to regular community events such as outdoor movies and a weekly farmer’s market.
The design combines standard greenhouse components with hybrid parts that allow the building to be naturally ventilated through operable skylights, two large pivot doors, and two 12-by-14-foot sliding barn doors. These sliding doors open the restaurant to adjacent outdoor spaces including a covered patio with olive and kumquat trees, firepits, and a bocce ball court. Drawing on the language of functional agricultural buildings, the design incorporates glass walls and a glass pitched roof to create a bright, spacious environment. Inside, Cultivation Kitchen restaurant continues the emphasis on environmental connectivity with its all-organic, “shovel-to-fork” menu. The restaurant houses an espresso and kombucha bar, communal tables, and casual seating options that complete the greenhouse’s informal atmosphere.
Cultivation Kitchen is one of a series of projects we’re working on with LAB Holding designed to help revitalize key urban centers in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and San Clemente. These vibrant, community‑centered projects create pedestrian‑oriented hubs within the larger car‑dominated urban landscape of Southern California.Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Design Principal