How to design a community in the desert for 450 Laborers?
Key factor driving the design was the context and extreme conditions of the site. With Summer temperatures of +45 C, Winter temperatures of -10 C and strong winds that generate sandstorms, the architecture had to directly respond to these climatic factors. Given that the project is labor housing for a cement factory, the client forced a bare minimum program, with little indoor facilities. The 2 challenges were, how to design a protected outdoor space that allows for various activities and where to locate the site within the 35 Hectares. The architecture is reduced to simply becoming a boundary wall protecting the outdoor space. The inner volumes are elevated on pilotis to provide shaded outdoor spaces in summer and covered pathways against the flood rains in winter.