Homestead Unit at A-Z West


A-Z Homestead Units expand upon Zittel’s previous series of Living Units in a furthered attempt to create a freestanding structure autonomous of surrounding architecture. The 64 square foot Homestead Unit at A-Z West was originally designed as a way to shelter the body without asking “permission” from any larger authority or bureaucracy. The units are under 100 square feet and their modular structure makes totally portable which means they can be erected without building permits. The design was inspired by existing homestead cabins in the area around A-Z West. These minimal shed-like cabins are 200-400 square foot structures that were built across the desert following the Homestead Act of 1938.