CASE STUDY BELCAMPO RESTAURANTS + FARM

Founded in 2012, Belcampo is an innovative, vertically integrated sustainable meat company that develops food products, retail, and food tourism experiences based on the principles of sustainability and quality. The company’s 12,000-acre Northern California organic ranch specializes in primarily heritage breed animals that supply the company's growing number of California butcher shops and restaurants.

THE FARM

Belcampo raises its animals on its own farm in Gazelle, California, in rural Siskiyou County near the base of Mount Shasta. The farm has earned organic certification by California Certified Organic Farmers and is Animal Welfare Approved.

In approaching the design of Belcampo's farm offices and production kitchen, BCV was inspired by the company's unique mission to provide the highest quality organic, humanely raised meat through its own farm, processing facility and restaurants. The headquarters buildings were seen as integral to the company’s mission to supply its California-based restaurants and butcher shops with the highest quality nose-to-tail offerings - a place for staff to gather and work, a kitchen to supply restaurants with product, and a communal area to learn more about the company's mission.

THE FARM CONCEPT + PROGRAM

It was important for the farm buildings to feel at home in their agricultural surroundings, yet also reflect Belcampo's dynamic mission and company goals. The site itself is stunning - miles of farmland and wilderness beneath the towering Mt. Shasta.

The program components include a culinary kitchen, food production facility, event space and farm office. The buildings were designed to take advantage of their natural surroundings and protect from Siskiyou County's at times extreme weather conditions, from blistering summer sun to harsh winter winds. The buildings are arranged to form a protective interior courtyard, with large roof overhangs that create both a wind- and sun-break.

Both buildings incorporate key moments of glazing for maximum usable daylight and to provide expansive ranch-land and mountain views for occupants. The cupola structures that span the length of the production kitchen and farm office are significant features of the daylighting strategy, providing additional bounced light and an open, airy quality in the primary spaces.

THE FARM STRUCTURE

The building style takes its cue from traditional agricultural building typology, with pre-engineered metal sheds, rustic wood siding and metal roofs. 

THE FARM SITE PLAN

THE FARM RENDERINGS

THE FARM BUILDINGS

RESTAURANTS + BUTCHER SHOPS

As the farm buildings took shape in Gazelle, Belcampo and BCV were also working to design the company's first butcher shop and restaurant, located at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Landing. Belcampo wanted to sell their product in a variety of ways under one roof, combining both a full-service butcher counter and a restaurant, with a specialty retail area as well.

THE SHOPS CONCEPT