Mar 6th, 2008
The Guadalupe House, the 2006 Design/Build Project, was designed as a new prototype in a collaborative workshop process with residents and city officials in Guadalupe, a small Yaqui and Mexican-American community adjacent to Tempe, Arizona. The project provided a new home for the Bejarano family, whose dilapidated residence was demolished by Guadalupe YouthBuild and ASU student volunteers and rebuilt on the original slab.
The home accommodates a multigenerational household and allows rooftop expansion for the future. The traditional courtyard design creates an outdoor room for family gatherings and is part of an architectural strategy to minimize energy use through the use of passive cooling, cross-ventilation and daylight; a 2.5kW photovoltaic system to further reduce energy use; and is built with Navajo FlexCrete and a structural insulated panel roof coated with a non-toxic, reflective coating to provide a desert-responsive enclosure.
The project was built in partnership with Guadalupe YouthBuild and a construction team led by the Stardust Center that included YouthBuild and ASU College of Design students, Habitat for Humanity, Hoopa Valley Tribal Community Conservation Corp and Phoenix Job Corps.