GROHE is delighted to work with Storp Weber Architecture and Friends of Harlesden Town Garden to support the development of a Clubhouse in the town’s much-loved community garden.
GROHE got behind the project by donating several products for the new space including fittings for an accessible toilet and washbasin; a water-conserving Euroeco Cosmopolitan self-closing tap, and an appropriately-coloured green tap to add a pop of colour to the kitchen area.
Since 2013, the Harlesden Town Garden has been a highly valued community space that has brought together local people with a shared interest for gardening and healthy living. The garden is now a well established sanctuary within the town with the potential to support, educate and connect a growing number of local residents. In order to facilitate this growth, local architecture practice Storp Weber were called upon to conceptualise a central hub that could cater for the growing needs of the space.
“GROHE is specified for a lot of fantastic projects up and down the country and across the world, but we are truly honoured to have been able to support such a spirited, community project that will provide such excellent opportunities for local people. As a brand, we are really passionate about sustainability and healthy living from a holistic perspective, and this project perfectly articulates those values. We can’t wait to see how the space continues to support and encourage the Harlesden community.” – Raj Mistry, Marketing Director at GROHE UK.
A metal shed used to store the shared garden equipment has now been replaced with a more secure hub, a 27-foot shipping container covered in a wooden skin. Sustainable features such as solar panels will contribute to a completely “off-grid” energy consumption model. Mains water will be the only external resource not generated by the self-sustainable garden.
The overall vision for the design mirrors sections of cut vegetables, with the many layers of the clubhouse’s structure echoing the layers of vegetables slowly being peeled off. The interior has been fitted out to accommodate a small office space, basic kitchen facilities, shelving for garden literature, storage for shared tools and equipment, and a much-needed accessible toilet.
“GROHE is a very well-known brand in the architect and design sphere and so we were keen to work with them as we knew they would deliver on quality. It was also very important for us to offer accessible toilet facilities including a wall hung cistern. GROHE were able to support us with this thanks to the Rapid SL frame which sits behind the wall and is adjustable in height, meaning we could sit the toilet at an optimum that would be suitable for all users.”– Patrick Weber, Co-founder of Storp Weber Architecture.
The new facilities will enable a larger population of the town to use the space as a place to meet and connect, share ideas, store their tools, and clean and exchange their produce from the allotments. Meanwhile, new members will be encouraged to use the space with the opportunity to partake in additional public events such as art classes for children, outdoor activities and skills workshops such as DIY and cooking.
Alongside the donation of its products, GROHE also has a dedicated area of the garden in its name.
“We love the simplicity and the water-saving features of the Euroeco Cosmopolitan self-closing tap in the bathroom which the team found very easy to install and work with. Meanwhile, the green hose of the kitchen tap is a really eye-catching centre piece for the kitchen area.” – Patrick Weber, Co-founder of Storp Weber Architecture.
The Harlesden Town Garden Clubhouse celebrated a community opening day on Sunday 22nd August to mark the unveiling of the new space.
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