Iron Gate, a soup kitchen and grocery pantry located in downtown Tulsa, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry of Tulsa. GH2 designed their new facility, located on Archer, west of the Tulsa Arts District, with their driving philosophy in mind: We are all guests on this earth and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.
As a continuation of this philosophy, Iron Gate wanted a design that incorporated a healing garden. Because of the site constraints, (extreme slope, nearby neighbors and required parking taking up a large portion of the site), GH2 integrated the healing garden into the courtyard space. Placing the healing garden in the center/heart of the project reflects Iron Gate's commitment to inviting those in need into a safe, non-judgmental space where they can find comfort and rest, making Iron Gate a true place of healing.
Site elements included:
· Partial cover for guests to be away from the elements.
· The use of wood as an accent to soften the harder metal, stone and concrete parts of the design.
· Water feature - People are attracted to moving water. It creates a calming sensation that helps viewers relax and de-stress.
· Seating - Allows guests to sit, relax and visit with others.
· Fireplace - Calming/added warmth in winter.
· Plant life - Encourages relaxation and healing.
· Inspiration wall - Large wall with Iron Gate's philosophy to let guests know that Iron Gate is a welcoming place.
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Size: 20,000 ft2
Services: Full Architectural, Interior Design and Cost Estimating Services