Project: The Hatchery

Location: Fly Ranch, NV

Year: 2021

The Hatchery is a shortlisted proposal of the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Challenge, a partnership between Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and Burning Man Project to develop a sustainable vision for the future of Fly Ranch, an off-grid 3,800-acre property north of the main Burning Man event site.   


The Fly Ranch project is an opportunity to create a year-round rural incubator for Burning Man culture and a catalyst for creative culture in the world.  The call asked for proposals integrating sustainable systems for energy, water, food, shelter, and waste management into works of art in the landscape.   


Our proposal is a mobile maker-hub that provides the tools required for a unique self-build system of manufacturing and therefore aids the realization of countless building projects around Fly Ranch.  Modular units can easily be created and assembled to build flexible semi-permanent structures providing shelter for a wide variety of activities.  The proposed vehicle functions as the primary tool that facilitates this system of construction, and as a prototype of the system itself.


The design combines an off-grid digital manufacturing wood workshop, solar modules, rainwater harvesting, and is clad with locally sourced thatch inspired by the indigenous technology of early Paiute shelters.  The colorful dyed thatch skin is an artistic nod that blends into the natural beauty of Fly Ranch, all-together offering new ways of working and living in harmony with the land and each other.


The Hatchery enables the Fly Ranch vision, from design to build.  The Hatchery can support the construction of various other systems throughout Fly Ranch, answering the call for sustainable shelter and regeneration.   As a piece of social infrastructure, the project is also a hub for makers, artists, and creators to come together, learn and develop ideas, and form a community around making and doing - empowering others to realize their own creations.











  1. Solar PV array, estimated approx 2.5KwH generation

  2. Rainwater harvesting system, 150 gal. capacity

  3. Auxilary mobile wood workshop

  4. Solar-powered CNC machine

  5. On-board wood-chipper for turning waste by-product into useful sawdust

  6. Structural unit ready for dyed thatch cladding

  7. Pieces are CNC cut out of flat stock

  8. Single units can easily be assembled with simple tools

  9. Units can easily be joined together, then insulated and over-clad, to form structures that can be easily adapted or recycled at end of life.