Since we met in 2007 we've lived in five countries, six states, and more than twenty apartments. Some years ago, we decided it was time to find a place we could call home—somewhere to consolidate the things our parents have kindly stored for us, locate the main office of the small press we edit, and start a family. Driving from Berkeley to Houston in the winter of 2009, we fell in love with West Texas. We got married there on March 24th, 2012, in Marfa, and that same June threw caution to the wind and purchased a small lot on the south side of town. By fall we had moved to Stuttgart for a year-long residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude. There, we had the pleasure of living with architects, composers, dancers, film-makers, visual and performance artists, and others, and conversations with them and with our families transformed the idea of construction into a collaborative experiment. Because of work, we now split our time between Marfa and Chicago, and we occasionally use our house as a residency for other artists and writers when we're away. Among those who have spent time there so far are Yang Licai, Mathias Svalina, and Naomi Reis. A number of month-long residencies are being planned for 2019.
—Lynn Xu and Joshua Edwards
February 2016, almost done!
August 8, 2014, an auspicious day on the lunar calendar, marks the first real day of building. Our construction permit was approved on the 4th and, on the 6th, Josh's parents drove in with a trunk-full of produce and power saws. On our lot, which measures 6,746 square feet, we've planned two buildings: a main house (where we will live) and a casita (where we will host artists, architects, writers, and friends). We decided to build our south-facing casita first, which, with clerestory windows in the front and back, will be an open floor-plan of 600 square feet. We hope to use this site as a sort of building diary.