Washington State University operates a student run, CSA driven, organic farm on the northernmost end of campus. Currently, students majoring in organic agriculture must travel across town and campus to work, a direct juxtaposition to the low impact, organic, theme of the facility. The school has commissioned a design for small scale housing for to facilitate a living and working environment.
Existing farmhouse typology is this: bunker in an ocean of production; acres of land, an isolated sheltered building, feeding off resources.
This project is an ecological contributor, architecture that isn’t on the farm, it works the farm. The buildings are equipment, contributing to the land, not sucking out of it. An architectural filter, that adapts to the needs of farming, housing, and site, expanding and contracting in unison with need, not against it.
The program is compartmentalized into four pods, living, eating, working, cleaning. All the waste from the first three pods, as well as the farm and its animals, is recycled with a living machine housed in the cleaning pod, producing high grade fertilizer and compost. Each pod, as well as the main storage barn, can shift its walls and louvers to adapt to site and seasonal needs. No fuel is used on the farm, everything can be quickly moved with two mules.