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The Bothy, Dean’s Garden Centre

Client/Developer: Dean’s Garden Centre
Architect/Designer: Walker Nicholas Architects
Builder: Evora Construction


Dean’s Garden Centre was established over 50 years ago. The Bothy coffee shop was opened in 1991 and recently the family decided to invest in the garden centre and construct a larger modern coffee shop for its customers. The design responds to the location in York’s greenbelt. The flowing roof form links the various existing buildings and provides generous overhangs for covered external seating and solar shading.

The location suggested a rurally inspired design leading to the simple barn-like structural form with local handmade bricks.

The building was designed as a passive solution in terms of window size and automatically operated ventilation louvres, and overall thermal mass to provide a naturally cooled and ventilated café area.

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