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‘Hippie’ Campground Rising in West Texas

January 17, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

Marfa, Texas, will someday be known for more than just the strange lights that appear in the night sky.
Austin, Texas, businesswoman Liz Lambert is developing El Cosmico, a combination campground, Airstream park, artist colony and future hotel that she describes as a hippie campground. The project is located on 15 acres south of the West Texas town, according to the Austin American Statesman.
As part of the overall aim to build community in a creative and sustainable space, 30 renovated vintage trailers will make up a small village on the site. Over time, Lambert will also add yurts, hammocks and rammed earth buildings to the property to create El Cosmico’s unconventional hotel. A large pool and pavilion will lie at the Bedouin heart of the village – residents and visitors can cool off in the summer months with a swim, or warm up in the winter in wood-fired hot tubs or around outdoor fire pits.
“El Cosmico will be part yurt and hammock hotel, part residential living, part art-house, greenhouse and amphitheatre – a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange,” Lambert states on her website. She is working with the acclaimed architecture firm Lake/Flato and with Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure.
Lambert plans to build a series of art shacks along the road leading into the village – a silk screen workshop, a pottery studio, and a darkroom – places for both guests and locals to get their hands dirty. Lambert hopes that El Cosmico will become part of the everyday fabric of Marfa.
Lambert owns the Hotel San Jose in Austin and the city’s landmark coffee house, Jo’s Hot Coffee.

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