The Canteen Farm House proposes an alternative to the farm house typology by speculating on integrating the house with irrigation infrastructures. Agrarian housing is a social and environmental concern that this 800 square foot home addresses. The exterior skin is made with rubber ‘canteens’ that collect, store, and distribute rain water. At full capacity, the house can hold 50,000 gallons of water. Designed to collect, store, and distribute rain water through an elastic skin, the capacity of the house to function like a canteen integrates it with the operations of the farm. The bloating of the skin indexes hydrological conditions while altering the relationship between architectural form and pastoral context.
The Canteen Farm House was a first place winning entry in the Single Family Category of the 2011 D3 Housing of Tomorrow Competition.