Bainbridge Island, WA
The Town & Country Market is located at the heart of downtown Bainbridge Island. Opened in 1957, this market anchors downtown and has been the social center of Bainbridge Island for almost 60 years. The founders were two brothers and their best friend, all children of immigrants. With WWII, one brother lost the market and was interned at Manzanar with his parents. The other brother served in the all Japanese American 442nd Infantry in Europe.
The owners could have saved 30% in construction costs by moving the store out of downtown, but this complete revitalization almost single-handedly preserved the social fabric of the community. Downtown remains sustainable, walkable, and viable. This collaborative community project completely reconstructed the original 32,000 S.F. market, upgraded all systems and components, and added 13,600 S.F of additions. Essentially it’s a new store built atop an existing store, while remaining open throughout construction.
The architecture embraces timeless ideals with northwest character, and balances contemporary and historical influences. Abundant natural light, strong visual connectivity to Winslow Way, and blended indoor/outdoor spaces are inspired by the natural environment. Beloved elements of the original store were retained, original décor and existing materials were re-used. The cherished Heritage Signboard announcing community events was rebuilt.
The Town & Country Market achieved LEED Gold Certification. The building uses simple, durable, materials, as well as energy-efficient systems. Straightforward, efficient spaces are organized and visually linked so that products can be beautifully displayed and readily accessed. The open layout, use of natural colors, materials, textures, and human scale create a visual balance and harmonious experience for both shopping and socializing.
Morry Hanson Photography