Make It Right: L9 Prototype House

EskewDumezRipple’s prototype design for the Make It Right project developed out of the need to offer residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward affordable and sustainable housing as they rebuilt their homes after Hurricane Katrina.

The Make It Right Foundation, a collaboration between Brad Pitt and the Cherokee Foundation, developed the concept and selected thirteen architects from around the world to participate. While the first generation of the homes has been constructed on-site, the design’s two bay marriage wall provides opportunities for off-site construction, allowing for increased construction quality and affordability, while decreasing material waste and on-site labor. This opens the door for this home to be replicated to fill the tremendous housing needs of the region.

This 3-bedroom LEED Platinum house is designed so that the slope of the roof gathers water at the rear of the house while the hot air inside the house rises and is funneled out the front with an ‘attic fan’. These and other features, such as solar power and solar water heating, work to make the house as energy efficient as possible, with monthly energy bills of only $13.00 citied by some residents.