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 home is a unique and bold addition to a project which has dramatically changed the face of a neighborhood left devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As a canal levee breached less than three blocks from what is now the site of the Frank Gehry home, the neighborhood was inundated by a twenty-five-foot storm surge, which left the area standing in up to eighteen feet of flood water. Over 1,800 people died as a result of the storm, with thousands more left with homes badly damaged or destroyed. As levees and infrastructure have been rebuilt, Make it Right’s project has been a vital component in the rebuilding efforts in the area. Where just a few years ago empty lots remained, Make it Right’s sustainable housing has helped to enable many families return to the neighborhood.

The prototype home cost in the region of $300,000 to construct, but Make it Right hopes that any future versions of the Frank Gehry-designed two-family home can meet the Foundation’s budgetary aim of $200,000 for a duplex. Other non-prototype single-family home designs which have been constructed in the neighborhood by Make it Right have been built for around $150,000. At present there are no plans to build future versions of the home — that remains in the hands of returning Lower 9th Ward residents participating in the program. Homeowners have a number of plans to choose from, based on their own individual needs and budgets.

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All Images © Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right

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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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