Charley Cameron

Brad Pitt Recruits Frank Gehry to Design Sustainable, Two-Family Home For Make It Right in New Orleans

by , 07/20/12

make it right, brad pitt, new orleans, hurricane katrina, frank gehry© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right

The entrance to each of the homes opens into an eat-in kitchen and living space equipped with Energy Star appliances and fitted with cabinets made from sustainably harvested wood and countertops composed of 75% recycled materials. The hardwood floors (which help to provide a traditional, historic feel throughout one of the units) also utilize post-industrial waste – they contain “50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional alternatives.”

The home’s utilities are equally sustainable; a four kilowatt array of Lumos LSX frameless solar modules provides shade for the rooftop decks as it powers the home, while tankless water heaters help to reduce energy consumption. High-velocity, small-duct central air conditioning forces evenly placed jets of cool or warm air into rooms. The system requires fewer resources and less space than traditional systems.

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3 Comments

  1. Ryan Singer Ryan Singer July 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    @PinappleRose just because something is free doesn’t make it good.. This is pretty bad because I could take the same lemons and make lemonade out of them.

  2. PinappleRose July 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Even when it is Free people want to criticize, be it size, shape, color even down to whats on the floor ! Go Figure..Humans !

  3. ron van der veen July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I know it’s Frank Ghery, but this really isn’t good work. Pink and purple might be edgy, but other than an overly expensive roof deck that compromises the budget, it’s a very bland house.

    If a lesser known architect had designed this, it would be ignored. This should be too.

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