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La Vida Campestre


Lowcost Housing

Lowcost housing is one of the most challenging building types to be successful. We find that most architects are regarded as successful for the high cost of the finishes which are applied to boxes. We offer more than that in our architecture. This project is the lowest cost housing on the tightest budget possible, manufactured housing for migrant farm labor. The migrant workers arrive on a visa program that allows a foreign national entry into the United States for temporary or seasonal agricultural work, after which the farming company returns them to their country of origin.  Our design offers a bi-partisan solution to satisfy the labor demand for our food supply with an ethical and legally documented process of labor procurement and fair housing. We rose to the challenge and are pleased to present a project we named La Vida Campestre, translation: The Country Life.  The only privately funded precedents were gulag-like labor camps with the housing regimented to rank and file, painted in drab and gloomy beige. After further research and interviews, we uncovered that, naturally, other labor camps were held in low regard by the laborers and the diminished desirability of regimented housing resulted in diminishing returns due to vacancies and lack of happiness. The laborers were rejecting the labor camps and living in defacto densities which were unfavorable to them and untenable to city planning. Our design involved orienting the manufactured homes for optimal solar comfort and views. Instead of regimenting each manufactured home to look directly into the next door window, our design rotated the manufactured homes for solar comfort and views.


Given the high-density levels, we relieved the cramped feeling and gave each unit a wide soothing vista across miles of crop fields. Building orientation and paint colors added nothing to the cost of construction. We changed the color pallet, which was initially drab beige, to be culturally sensitive to the migrants. What might appear to you as loud or bright colors are colors from the pueblitas that the laborers are culturally accustomed to. Instead of monotony and conformity, each manufactured home has a color for the occupant to establish a separate identity for where they live. The landscaping and reticulated walkways frame a communal outdoor space for barbeques and social gathering where access to amenities are miles away. A long serpentine sculpted earth berm draws reference to Mesoamerican land art. Both of which are only fully visible from the air. The earth berm forms a windbreak out of on-site soil. These are the offerings of an interested architectural firm and the value we bring to your project.