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Corrugated Metal Houses Designed by Architecture Students

By Magaly Grosso


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This two unit apartment was designed by fifth year architecture students of the Kansas State University to serve as housing for low income tenants that earn less than 80 per cent of the city’s average income. The students are part of Design+Make Studio, which is a collaboration between the university and the local architectural firm El Dorado. The Waldo Duplex, as the project is called, is located in a diverse and historic district of Kansas City, in Missouri, USA, which is known for its single family bungalows and shotgun homes.

Wooden stairs lead to the external terrace
Details of the corrugated metal wall

Each of the units covers a total ground area of 725 square feet (or 67 square meters), and each consists of two bedrooms and an open plan area with a kitchen, a dining room and a living room. Each interior is designed to be illuminated by a mixture of natural and artificial light.

Carapace of wooden slats cover the terrace

The project was completed within a budget of $290,000, but they were still able to make use of high quality finishes and custom cabinetry, giving the interiors an elegant feel, and proving that low income families can still aspire to low cost housing that is aesthetically pleasing and cozy to live in, as well as durable.

View of the terrace from inside
Kitchen area in white and wood
Internal corridor leads to the rooms
External front view of the two units
View of the exterior garden of the units
Night view of the rear area of the unit

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About Magaly Grosso

Magaly Grosso was born in Venezuela where she grew up and studied Advertising and Marketing. With time, she realized that what she truly wanted to dedicate herself to was Interior Design, which is why she decided to study it and devote herself to it. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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