Brad Pitt´s Make It Right Foundation has been working with a group of international architects to redevelop the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina. The name of the foundation addresses the desire of Pitt, architecture enthusiast, to design these houses the best way and not just as a temporary solution, in a process that also included working not only with these renowned firms, but also very close with the community, with a focus on sustainable development.
The designs are referential, and each client (as the houses aren´t “free”, yet they use existing finance ways and low interest loans) can pick a design, which is then adjusted by local firm John C. Williams Architects to suite the client´s needs.
A first phase included single family homes, designed by practices such as Kieran Timberlake, Shigeru Ban, Morphosis, MVRDV and Trahan Architects. As of now 8 houses have been built, and more than 10 houses are already on construction or in the permit process.
Make It Right has recently unveiled a second phase with 14 duplex homes to accommodate up to 2 families, which include a site-specific sustainable strategy and flexible plans for future family growth. But also, the practices were required to meet integration with the street and the use of landscaping as a design and energy element.
The result? The 14 duplex homes after the break:
You can see this project completely detailed at Hotlinks / Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Billes – www.billesarchitecture.com
buildingstudio – www.buildingstudio.net
BNIM – www.bnim.com
Constructs – www.constructsllc.com
Elemental – www.elementalchile.cl
Gehry Partners – www.foga.com
You can see a detailed post about this project at Duplex House for Make It Right / GRAFT.
MVRDV – www.mvrdv.nl
Pugh + Scarpa – www.pugh-scarpa.com
Waggonner & Ball Arch – www.wbarchitects.com
William McDonough + Partners – http://www.mcdonoughpartners.com