Gallery: Brad Pitt Recruits Frank Gehry to Design Sustainable, Two-Fami...

 
In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation has been hard at work constructing innovative sustainable housing since 2007, and their latest green home is designed by none other than legendary architect Frank Gehry. The vibrant pink and purple home is a contemporary twist on a long-standing New Orleans architectural tradition; the double-shotgun. Gehry's two-story update provides separate entrances at opposite sides of the building, with 1,000 square foot of usable balcony space for each unit, including rooftop decks topped off with solar panel shading. We stopped by for the unveiling of this groundbreaking home—which is expected to attain LEED Platinum certification—and checked out its extraordinary array of energy-saving and sustainable features.

© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right

In 2007, Brad Pitt founded the Make it Right Foundation with an ambitious plan to construct 150 new, green homes for returning residents in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, a largely working-class neighborhood which had been devastated two years earlier by Hurricane Katrina. The Frank Gehry-designed home is the 86th project that Make it Right has completed in the area.

With 1,780 square feet of indoor space, the home’s original design includes two two-bedroom, two-bathroom units arranged so that neither of the two units have rooms placed above living spaces for the opposing unit. Linda Santi—the Lower 9th Ward resident who will soon call the unique house ‘home’—needed a little more space, so the floor plan was rearranged so as to provide her with a 3 bedroom unit, and a modest secondary residence which she will rent out to a neighbor.

The house is constructed with SIP panels and durable fiber cement board siding – Santi herself picked out the colors for the vibrant home. A soft rose denotes her side of the residence, and a bolder violet covers the rental side. All walls – exterior and interior – were painted with zero VOC paints.

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  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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