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  6. 2017
  7. Starter Home* No. 3 / OJT

Starter Home* No. 3 / OJT

  • 09:00 - 2 August, 2018
Starter Home* No. 3 / OJT
Starter Home* No. 3 / OJT, © William Crocker
© William Crocker

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  • Architects

    OJT
  • Location

    New Orleans, United States
  • Structural Engineer

    Walter Zehner
  • Budget

    USD 250,000
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

© William Crocker
© William Crocker

Text description provided by the architects. 4514 S. Saratoga is another iteration of Starter Home*, an entry level housing program using inventive land strategies coupled with design to develop homeownership opportunities in urban neighborhoods. Like other homes in this program, it is based on the reclamation of an otherwise vacant and unused substandard parcel. The project, unlike previous versions, originated as a commission by private clients interested in replicating the program.

Courtesy of OJT
Courtesy of OJT
Courtesy of OJT
Courtesy of OJT
Concept Axonometric
Concept Axonometric

In keeping with the generalized precepts of speculative development, 4514 S. Saratoga is a standard three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home. The limited site area — about a third the size of a traditional parcel in New Orleans — required program be stacked vertically and efficiently. An entry stoop was carved from the ground floor footprint and served to internally organize the main living spaces. A back porch and a small yard occupy the limited space required by setbacks. The second floor has two compact bed and bathrooms. The third-floor functions as an additional bedroom or flex space with walk-in access to a large storage area.

© William Crocker
© William Crocker
Sections 2
Sections 2
© William Crocker
© William Crocker

The overall form, ambiguously reminiscent of a traditional home, was devised to manipulate the perception of its true height and scale. The massing moves up and out, reflecting the open space requirements of the first floor and the need to maximize permitted buildable area on the remaining floors. This is further reinforced with the detailing of the exterior cladding. Like other Starter Home* projects, 4514 S Saratoga needed to utilize a ubiquitous and cheap material. In this case conventional cementitious panels were detailed to step out at controlled intervals to obscure the height of floor plates. Vertical batten strips, placed at varying widths, were misaligned to reinforce the stepped banding. From the street the upper floor is encapsulated in the volume of the roof, with the eve line no higher than a typical two-story home. The form opens up towards the rear and side to allow windows into the third-floor room. This peaked portion of the home, while not immediately present from its own street front, is seen along adjacent streets in an intentional interaction with the adjacent rooftop dormers, uncannily present though not entirely clear where it belongs.

© William Crocker
© William Crocker

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Cite: "Starter Home* No. 3 / OJT" 02 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/898525/starter-home-star-no-3-ojt/> ISSN 0719-8884