Colonia Unidad

CLIENT:

Farmworker Housing Development Corporation

Farmworker Housing Development Corporation’s (FHDC) Colonia Unidad consists of four low-rise apartment buildings that will provide affordable housing to serve farmworkers, the workforce population, and their families. The project aims to provide residents with a safe, healthy, and comfortable place to live, and provide a lasting and identifiable place to call home.

The program consists of 44 apartment units distributed amongst four buildings with numerous communal amenities. A single-story community building is central to the site’s organization. Adjacent to the community building are covered bike parking spaces, garden beds, and a children’s play structure. The community building is intended to support residents’ everyday needs with a common laundry room and manager’s office, and provides a large meeting space for celebrations and organized activities. A pedestrian and bike path through the center of the property will provide connectivity to the surrounding neighborhood. Along with amenities for biking and walking, a large lawn area is set aside as a play field, and more secluded outdoor gathering spaces are designed with trellises, benches, and picnic tables for smaller, more private gatherings.

Each residential building is organized around a shared breezeway with an exterior stair that serves up to four units per floor. Each entry door faces onto the breezeway that looks out to the common areas of the site and neighborhood. These breezeways provide a comfortable space for neighbors to meet and casually interact.