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Farm to Table

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Farm to Table is a custom playhouse designed for Dreams Happen, a semi-annual fundraiser that supports Rebuilding Together Peninsula—and the largest playhouse event in the country.

DBA Senior Architect John Onken is a long-time board member for the organization, which provides renovation and repair services for the Peninsula’s most vulnerable homeowners—seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and families with children and community facilities.  

We're hoping that Farm-to-Table, DBA_Lab's playful design, will garner a big donation to support healthy homes and also bring joy to the family that takes it home. 



The mini-farmstand has space to both grow and share your harvested wares. Image: David Baker Architects


Designed to be both playful and practical, the playhouses have a maximum footprint of 8’x10’ and top height of 10’6”. 

DBA partnered with long-time collaborator Cahill Contractors to build a farmstand-inspired mini-greenhouse that invites imaginitive play and—our favorite—getting your hands dirty. 

The enlarged orange-crate label framing the window is a nod to DBA's home—the historic Clock Tower building that houses our SF office was once home to the Max Schmidt Lithograph Corporation, which designed and printed classic California fruit box labels.

The spruce structure is topped with a transparent polycarbonate greenhouse ceiling that lets in lots of light. Inside, a mini potting shed and work space encourage planting. Outside, a galvanized "aquaculture" tank captures rainwater. 

The playhouses will be on display at the Stanford Shopping Center through June 9, 2017. Your chance to bid on one, however, takes place at the Dreams Happen Gala on June 3, 2017.

Get your tickets to the Dreams Happen Gala (and the Drinks Happen Afterparty) here.


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All Projects, Custom Homes, DBA_Lab, Kids' Spaces


Palo Alto, California


David Baker Architects


Cahill Contractors