CANYON EAST APARTMENTS
The Jefferson Street neighborhood in Madras was known for crime and substandard living. A partnership between the city and the regional housing authority removed the blight. It transformed the area, including a new affordable housing project designed for farmworkers.
The design was challenging. A 10% slope and the tight triangular site gave way to unique opportunities. By using retaining walls and stacking individual buildings, it creates excellent views and an appealing street presence. Going vertical with a two-story townhouse design maximized the site while still providing outdoor community space. Due to the high desert environment, sustainability measures included passive solar shading and solar water heaters to reduce energy.