Make It Right Foundation has just completed a home by architect Frank Gehry (a first for Louisiana), best known for his titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Gehry is one of 21 local and international architects recruited by Brad Pitt, founder of Make It Right, as part of his effort to build 150 houses in the Lower 9th ward neighborhood, which was among those hardest hit in Hurricane Katrina. The foundation was formed by Pitt following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has since dedicated to rebuild 150 affordable, green, high quality homes which would allow some of the many displaced families to return to their roots.
The 1,780-square-foot duplex from Gehry includes a three-bedroom, two-bathroom front house and a one-bedroom, one-bath rear house, as well as a host of impressive features: a rooftop patio covered with a waterproof solar canopy, post-industrial recycled hardwood floors, zero-VOC paint, efficient tankless water heaters – and a LEED Platinum certification.
“I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans,” says Gehry. “I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”
One of the first corporate sponsors to join the cause was Shaw Industries, which pledged to donate all the floors for all 150 homes. All carpet and wood products are certified as Cradle-to-Cradle, meaning they can be recycled over and over without any loss of performance.
Take a closer look inside the home, courtesy of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
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