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    2011 AIA 2x8: Source competition winner
Source of Inhabitation        
Ara Hovsepyan and Arthur Badalian
How do we create simple, ecologically sound, culturally and aesthetically appropriate homesteads on rural properties? A $ 50,000 budget immensely confines our use of materials, and forces us to be patient and flexible. Looking for building materials that we can attain for a relatively low cost, we came across the sturdy and readily available wooden pallet - typically used to support goods as they are transported. The pallets are used as modules to construct flooring with integrated beams, and walls with reinforcing structure. They are simple to assemble, and each pallet contains an inner cavity to be filled with various elements imperative to architecture. With just enough to meet the habitation needs for future ranch owners in Little Wood, Idaho, the cabin celebrates its context. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is no need to build extensive improvements that are wasteful and high impact.