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housing for the organic farm at Washington State UniversityGRADUATE DESIGN STUDIO
PROBLEM: The graduate studio was charged with creating asolution for the growing needs of the Organic Farm at Washington StateUniversity. We were asked to create housing for a variable number of studentworkers, as well as create public spaces for community events and the market.We were asked to consider established plantings during the design process, andthe ever expanding needs of the farm.
SOLUTION: When I started researching the farm, I foundthat flexibility was a major factor in its life. The farm has expanded everyyear since its opening, the list of people wanting to join the market serviceis ever growing, the number of animals living on the farm is scheduled togrow, and the crops are constantly inrotation. Because of this, I decided to focus on creating a complex of housingthat could adapt to its users and the ever-changing needs of the farm.
After studying the many ways that the farm could adapt,I focused by design on 4 specific factors:
Flexibility: different configurations of housing elements
Expandability: modular housing system thatallows inhabitants to expand units to accommodate different household sizes
Re-programmability: ability for program elements to be able to transform
Transportability: housing can move to different environments
- SUMMER: More students are brought on to share the work.The kitchen and bathroom areas are a constant fixture, while the bedroom unitsmove further down the site in order to use the platforms freed for classrooms,kitchen seating, and events, and allowing the bedrooms to use on wind forpassive cooling.
- WINTER: All but two students have left the farm. Thekitchen and bathroom areas remain stationary, while the bedroom units tuckunder the main pergola structure and up against the hillside to gain shelterfrom the wind and winter weather. A roof is added to the main pergola tofurther shelter the bedroom units, and catch rain and snow water, draining itinto the main pool. A study is also added to create a space for the students tointeract and prepare for classes out of the elements.