© 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.