the Askew's grocery store master plan aimed to promote non-vehicular modes of transportation while still providing suburban parking.
The grocery store design responds in form to its site. A major highway curves along one property line and land slopes away from that highway towards the lake and valley with mountain views beyond. The building was sunken into the hillside and opens its main facade towards the valley, a slim elevation towards the highway for cross-ventilation.
The project’s most significant impact was perhaps derived from its construction process. The building’s consistent radius was constructed with wedge-shaped box beams, manufactured from local timber, in local warehouses, by local workers, many of whom would have otherwise been unemployed during the winter months. In spring these box beams were landed on a steel structure over a short period of time.
The architecture - both a form and a process - resulted in a place of local pride, full of natural light and community, and visually connected to its landscape. Rather than a non-place like most grocery store chains, David Askew was able to build a focus of community, with which the global food distribution industry cannot compete.