Candid-Works has created a pair of micro dwellings in West Texas to help alleviate a shortage of affordable housing and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable community.
The project is located in Marfa, a well-known desert city and tiny art mecca in West Texas that has continued to develop as a destination for art-enthused travellers. The inflow of visitors has birthed a lucrative short-term rental market, leading to a shortage of affordable housing in the community.
The Goat Heads is named after the spiny seeds of the Tribulus terrestris plant – a stubborn weed that pervades the project site – are a pair of affordable units designed for long-term rental.
Situated on an infill lot, the modest dwellings are fully equipped with kitchens, baths, comfortable living and sleeping spaces, and ample built-in storage. The simple volumes evoke a modernist ideal of shelter, while a front porch and small courtyard animate the exterior of each unit. Humble, off-the-shelf materials are creatively employed to provide warmth and richness, but also durability against the harsh desert environment.
Project: The Goat Heads