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Buildingstudio – Alligator House

New Orleans architecture studio Building Studio has taken the challenge of Post-Katrina rehousing in New Orleans.  When finished, Neighborhood Housing Services who promotes and markets low-cost properties will offer the house at a vastly reduced rate.

“The design is an 872 SF, two-bedroom, bath-and-a-half scheme for Central City, an impoverished inner-city neighborhood situated between the CBD and the Uptown Garden District. Though Central City’s infrastructure was severely deteriorating before the storm and it’s had more than its share of drug-related crime a tough community fortitude abounds. Infill housing is actively taking place on several fronts. Non-profits and faith-based groups have built several dozen homes for new residents hoping to move back.”

“This 13-ft. wide home is based on a common typology in the New Orleans area the “Single”, meaning a one-family shotgun residence designed to fit the long narrow lots typical in the City. The front stoop is key in neighborhoods like Central City since so much community involvement takes place on the street. Metal grate steps stretch across the front of the house for casual sitting while visiting with neighbors. The street-facade is clad in translucent white insulated plastic panels which are backlit to provide indirect lighting both for the exterior and interior living area. The second bedroom has a rolling wall along the hallway to open it up when privacy is not a concern. While considered low-cost, the budget still allows for engineered hardwood flooring and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Exterior walls and roof are clad in factory-painted, preformed metal siding for ease of maintenance.”(via buildingstudio)


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