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Make it Right’s New Orleans FLOAT House by Morphosis to Gain LEED Platinum Certification

Posted By Andrew Goodwin On August 10, 2012 @ 5:36 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Disaster-proof design,Environment,Gallery,Green Building,Zero energy | No Comments

FLOAT House, Morphosis, New Orleans, Make-It-Right, Hurricane Katrina, Housing, Affordable, Sustainable [1]

Morphosis respected the cultural vernacular of the common New Orleans shotgun house [2] by first raising the structure off the ground level [3] to protect the building from flooding. The outstanding part of this alteration of the indigenous typology is the forethought that all mechanical, plumbing, and sustainable systems will float during floods in a prefabricated “chassis”. The design of the house’s base is based closely on the GM skateboard chassis, which supports several body styles. The chassis is integrated into the design and supports a variety of future home customizations. Currently, the FLOAT House and its prefabricated components sit on a combination of piers and concrete pads assembled on-site.

High-performance power, air, and water systems help this home become a self-sufficient structure with very minimum resource consumption. The roof supports an electricity generating solar panel array which results in a house that gives back to the electrical grid during half the year. Rainwater [4] is also collected from the roof, which is then stored in the chassis for daily use. Other sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, and highly insulated SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) walls and roof.

Though the Float House was designed by Thom Mayne and students from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design [5] as a house for the Lower Ninth Ward, this affordable and modular success can be replicated for a variety of situations around the world. The FLOAT House is designed for sustainability, mass-production, and flood prone areas. The world could use this house, even if it was replicated for areas that need two of those three design solution characteristics. Morphosis’ website, Morphopedia [6], still keeps this project in the Research section hopefully because there is more research happening for further interpretations of this wonderful design.

+ Morphosis [6]

+ Iwan Baan Photography [7]

All Photos © Iwan Baan [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/make-it-rights-new-orleans-float-house-by-morphosis-to-gain-leed-platinum-certification/float-house-morphosis-2-3/

[2] shotgun house: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun_house

[3] ground level: http://inhabitat.com/brad-pitt-unveils-floating-house-for-make-it-right-foundation/

[4] Rainwater: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=Rainwater+Collection

[5] UCLA Architecture and Urban Design: http://www.aud.ucla.edu/

[6] Morphopedia: http://morphopedia.com/

[7] Iwan Baan Photography: http://www.iwan.com

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