studio cadena selected as finalist for marfa housing competition studio cadena selected as finalist for marfa housing competition
feb 06, 2015

studio cadena selected as finalist for marfa housing competition

studio cadena selected as finalist for marfa housing competition
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with a proposal called ‘the long house’, studio cadena has been selected as a finalist for a multifamily housing complex competition in the city of marfa, texas. given its remote location and relative isolation, the city has a defining relationship with its desert landscape that shapes its experience of place. the firm adds, ‘it is essential to reinforce this strong link and provide housing that is interwoven with its site. the project adopts a flat and horizontal design that preserves a sense of immediacy to its surroundings without sacrificing the needed density.’ 

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unit interior with view of open courts 

 

 

 

by hybridizing two different building typologies, the courtyard house and the standalone house, a new kind of form is shaped to respond to the peculiarities of marfa’s cultural, economic, and natural context. a long, low, linear volume divides the site into a series of open courts. these spaces, protected by structure on three sides, result in semi-private communal areas ideal for shared living, yet remain connected to the street. rather than an object on the site, the architecture becomes a thickened line set within, and softly buffered from the boulevard by the terrain.

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open court at night

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aerial view

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site concept

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site and unit distribution diagrams 

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circulation and roofscape diagrams 

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plan

 

 

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