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Lower Ninth Ward
2008
Design: Graftlab

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Design Description

Graft’s proposal for housing in the Lower Ninth merges metaphorical abstractions of traditional and modern architecture, driven with the purpose of capitalizing on the more successful components within each as a means with which to generate a more robust whole.

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Our proposal positions itself from the starting point of a traditional New Orleans housing typology, the shot gun house, which is abstractly represented through an expressive, almost exaggerated, gable roof and generous front porch. The fluidity of the relationship between home and community, the provision of areas designated to interaction with neighbors and friends, is truly one of the things that makes the Lower 9th so incredibly special. We felt it important to pay homage to this. Through progression of the project, the house is coupled with modern affordable sustainable amenities. The transition of short section of the house reflects the progressive transformation, until finally arriving at a representation of contemporary modernism, expressed at the rear of the home, vis a vis the iconic flat roof, commonly associated with the apex of modernism.

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This resulting flat roof space offers the opportunity to program a safe haven; a space designed to aid in life safety by providing a strategy for passive survivability.

Sustainable features include:
Solar panels, Water Catchments system, Geothermal system, With Heat pump, thankless water heater, high ceilings for stack ventilation, operable windows which aid in stack ventilation and cross ventilation, highly insulated hurricane resistant windows, High R value insulation, none off gassing paint and finish materials, permeable pavement, energy star appliances, ceiling fans, low flow toilets.

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2008
Graftlab with Brad Pitt

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Mavis Yorks; Megan Grant x 2

150 bright pink solar-powered and water-resistant houses
For homeless residents of New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Brad Pitt & his wife Angelina Jolie and their four children are residents of New Orleans

Graft – architecture practice based in Los Angeles
Pink House Images from Graftlab 1 April 2008
£2.5m

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Ricky Ridecos

For charity Make It Right – run by Brad Pitt

Officially opened by former President Bill Clinton in March 2008

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Stefan Beese

Previously Brad had worked with Frank Gehry on projects such as the Hove development, England

New Orleans Homes : Architects involved with charity Make It Right

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