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Make it Right Homes in NOLA

BiLD / Photographs © James Ewing/OTTO
BiLD / Photographs © James Ewing/OTTO

Over the past five years, the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans has been realizing its commitment to build 150 affordable, green storm resistant homes for families living in the Lower 9th Ward. The foundation, established by Brad Pitt, has completed seventy-five homes with the time and efforts donated by local and international architects such as Gehry Partners, Morphosis, Kieran Timberlake, Pugh+Scarpa, and McDonough+Partners. Photographer James Ewing shared the documentation of his visit to the Make it Right Homes of New Orleans, citing the designs he most admired by Shigeru Ban, Adjaye Associates, Hitoshi Abe, and BiLD. More on Make it Right and the homes after the break.

KieranTimberlake receives 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

KieranTimberlake is the proud recipient of the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. The National Design Awards honor outstanding contributions from the design world, including architecture, fashion, lifetime achievement, and sustainable design solutions. Some projects by KieranTimberlake previously featured at ArchDaily: - Loblolly House - US Embassy in London - Kohler LivingHome - AD Interviews: KieranTimberlake

US Embassy in London / KieranTimberlake Architects

KieranTimberlake has been announced as the winner of the design competition for the new US Embassy in London. According to a statement by the US Embassador in the UK, KieranTimberlake´s design “meets the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century.” Regarding the “safety” issues, KT’s design shows an interesting solution away from embassies from the early 90s surrounded by large walls with no urban considerations, using a park with a pond instead. The Embassy is no only an icon, but an urban piece “honoring the English tradition of urban parks and gardens as the context for many civic buildings”, connecting the Thames embankment to the new pedestrian way to the south.

view from Embassy park
view from Embassy park

“Viewed from the north at the proposed plaza, the embassy grounds will provide the prospect of an open park, a landscape of grasses rising gracefully to the new embassy colonnade, with the required secure boundaries incised into the hillside and out of view. Instead of a perimeter-walled precinct, the site to the north and south is a welcoming urban amenity, a park for the city that fuses the new embassy to the city of London. Alternatives to perimeter walls and fences are achieved through landscape design.” The pure geometry of the cube is fragmented by a highly specialized ETFE (ethylene-tetrafluroethylene, used in several recent buildings) facade optimized to shade interiors from east, west and south sun while admitting daylight and framing large open view portals to the outside. If you take a closer look to the renderings from the inside you will notice that the ETFE foils include thin photovoltaic film that intercepts unwanted solar gain in certain angles. The scrim also renders the largely transparent façades visible to migratory birds to discourage bird-strikes. More information and renderings about the Embassy after the break. I also recommend to read our interview with Stephan Kieran.

Kohler LivingHome, a prefabricated and sustainable house by Kieran Timberlake

LivingHomes®, a developer of modern, sustainably designed, prefabricated homes, has partnered with Kohler Co., to present the Kohler LivingHome, designed by architects Kieran Timberlake.  Designed to achieve LEED-Platinum certification, the two-story Kohler Living features furnishings, materials, products and technologies that showcase the best in high design and technology with a low ecological footprint.

Designed to achieve USGBC’s LEED for Homes Platinum certification, the Kohler LivingHome reflects LivingHomes’ Z6 Sustainable Building Goals which include six key objectives for all LivingHomes’ construction and operation: Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon, and Zero Ignorance.

This house was premiered at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA a few weeks ago. Here´s a time-lapse video of the house being assembled:

From the recycled steel and timber-efficient engineered lumber that make up the modules, central vacuum system, and mini-duct air distribution and ventilation systems that help improve indoor air quality; to the bio-composite wood siding, recycled glass tiles, blown-in insulation, high-performance windows with recycled frames, water-saving features and the home resource monitoring system that displays water, energy, and gas usage in real-time, the Kohler LivingHome is built to achieve a minimal environmental footprint.

The Kohler LivingHome is being offered for sale at $499,950. For more information, click here. Images of the house interiors, after the break.