Mark Boyer

The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

by , 04/30/13

Angelic Organics Learning Center, Whole Trees Architecture, Roald Gunderson, Illinois, Angelic Organics, Straw Bale

Angelic Organics is one of the largest CSA farms in the country, with more than 1,400 subscribers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The Learning Center, which is located on the 220-acre farm, hosts educational programs for youth groups and CSA members, and it serves the farm’s many volunteers and donors. The lower level, which includes kitchen facilities, is a workshop area, with several tables for classroom activities. The second floor includes office space and a beautiful balcony that features a bannister made from tree branches. The open balcony layout allows air to circulate between the two levels.

The Angelic Organics Learning Center was completed in 2004, and it’s one of the most impressive Whole Trees structures in the country. In addition to the main structure, the Learning Center features a cob oven and an open-air pavilion, both of which were made using whole trees.

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  1. Angelic Organics Learni... June 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    If you are interested in learning more about Whole Tree architecture and sustainable building at Angelic Organics Learning Center, we are offering two workshops in the fall: Whole Tree Architecture Building Workshop (9/14-15) and a Sustainable Building Tour (10/27). http://www.learngrowconnect.org/event to sign up!

  2. 1000tourmelines May 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    It\’s great that they used those materials, but, I have to say that they really didn\’t do justice to the materials. Skeptics should be shown the beauty potential in straw bale, as well as the functionality. Unfortunately, this project is just plain unattractive.

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