Students from the UBC SALA program worked together to create fruit stands for orchards on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan. They built a family of structures that tell a story of regional climate, tradition, agri-business and history in the context of the local food movement and tourism. The resulting structures – fruit stands, outdoor shower, and portable cart – become part of an archi-tourism experience along the main vineyard tour routes. The course is the first of a series of projects to help explore a regional vernacular for the Okanagan wine region and other parts of BC.
We ran Pear Studio in the summer of 2012 as a design-build class through UBC SALA, prior to creating DBR. It inspired us to develop a dedicated not for profit organization that would continue to explore such unique interventions in our community.