A public elementary school in New York City is an odd place to come across an abundance of fine, farm-fresh dining options—until now. At P.S. 216, a pre-K to 5th grade school in working class Gravesend, Brooklyn, a team of architects has transformed a parking lot into a verdant garden, greenhouse, and interactive culinary classroom where students learn to grow and cook their own fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
Earlier this week, the architects at WORKac, a firm based in New York City, offered a preview of the half-acre indoor and outdoor teaching space, which officially opens next month. Dubbed the Edible Schoolyard, the project consists of a half-acre garden and a standalone building with three clearly defined volumes meant to articulate the various activities going on inside. “The building itself is a teaching tool,” says WORKac principal Dan Wood.