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Porchdog House / Marlon Blackwell Architect

  • 01:00 - 6 February, 2011
Porchdog House / Marlon Blackwell Architect
Porchdog House / Marlon Blackwell Architect, © Timothy Hursley
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Biloxi, MS, United States
  • Architects

    Marlon Blackwell Architect
  • Principal

    Marlon Blackwell FAIA
  • Project Team

    David Tanner, Chris Baribeau AIA, Matt Griffith, Jonathan Boelkins, Meryati Blackwell
  • Structural

    Black Rock Engineering, Tatum-Smith Engineers Inc
  • General Contractor

    Holder Construction Company
  • Owner/Client

    Richard Tyler sponsored by Architecture for Humanity
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Biloxi Model Homes are affordable prototype houses designed for the Architecture for Humanity Model Home Program. The program provides design services and financial assistance for families in East Biloxi whose houses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

The proposition of raising a home up to 11’ above the ground introduces several issues that challenge the traditional notion of the Gulf Coast streetscape and affiliated porch culture. Among these is the very concept of having a porch that is an extension of the interior space. In addition, the massing of a proportionally tall house speaks more of isolation than of the construct of meaningful social spaces through a series of houses enclosing the street. The PorchDog addresses these challenges while complying with new environmental, structural, and FEMA regulations.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

The Porchdog house is raised above the ground and essentially open at the ground level, but still incorporates a stoop that serves as a street level porch. The only other ground-level elements are an entry stair, enclosed storage volume, a parking area and a stair descending from the rear deck. The concrete block storage volume is separated from the entry stair to facilitate a transparent reading of the ground plane and developed landscape elements in the rear yard. 

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The Porchdog house is a refuge that still opens itself to the social structure of the city, addressing the challenges of retaining a porch that is an extension of the interior space and overcoming the massing of a proportionally tall house, while providing the requisite protection from a potential Category 4 storm surge event. Primary materials include all steel construction with exterior metal cladding, and bamboo flooring at the interior. Operable perforated metal shutters provide light control and storm security for aluminum framed window walls at East and West elevations.

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Red Wolf · February 10, 2011

Porchdog House http://goo.gl/ACNGe #architecture

Haley Montgomery · February 08, 2011

Daily PONDspiration [for the well-designed beachfront}: Marlon Blackwell&#39s Biloxi model home prototype http://amplify.com/u/ap7mj

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melody phillips · February 07, 2011

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james · February 07, 2011

these are really cool... with what's been happening in Brisbane + N. Queensland recently (AUS), its interesting to see a new model elevated house for flood zones being developed. Seems like NOLA has less history with elevated housing - would love to know what the new owners + neighbours think. Nice clunk + tight lines.

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up_today_arch · February 06, 2011

cool... completely suspended... Fine!!!

Doug C. · February 06, 2011

Intriguing modification, which is the future for many areas with flooding. I imagine it will be quite a pleasure to live in. Floorplans would be nice.

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