Tiny Homes Village – Design Tours
Join us for an intimate (and safely distanced) tour of the Tiny Home Village led by the architect herself!
Note: Please keep in mind that this will be an active construction site, so be prepared with your closed-toe shoes and PPE! Also be sure to take a look at a map of the neighborhood beforehand , as we wouldn’t want any surprises to crop up. Looking forward to seeing you there!
This tour will be led by Firm Foundation and Shelterwerk.
About the Venue:
The homelessness crisis facing the Bay Area is an epidemic on par with Covid. Many private and public groups are tackling this challenge in creative ways. Alameda County partnered with the private company, Firm Foundation Community Housing, to compile a team of designers and builders to come up with a solution. The result was the Tiny Home Village in San Leandro. The Village is comprised of 28 individual tiny homes and another six units housed within a renovated modular building (a quadruple-wide trailer) that had been previously used as office space. The homes have been designed to be ganged together (in pairs and groups of four, as shown in our site plan) or can be arranged to be completely separate. Utility connections, “pick points”, and structural enhancement have been incorporated into the units so that they can be craned onto the back of a truck and located elsewhere, as need arises. Each home features a private bathroom, a small kitchen and dining area, and a queen bed in a studio configuration where individuals or couples can live. A wending path connects the dwellings, painted in different colors to promote the concept of unity while avoiding feeling institutional.
The Design Tours Committee offers a wide range or tours and tour types for AIA East Bay members and the public. Most tours are lead by either the Architect, Designer or Owner of the site and allow attendees to “look under the hood” and have a dialogue with the people responsible for design and business decisions.