Houses for New Orleans
In relation to our work on a sustainable neighborhood plan for Plum Orchard, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, our local partner, ACORN Housing, commissioned Gans & Company and DARCH to jointly design a variety of new housing types for over 350 properties in New Orleans East and The Lower Ninth.
The house types accommodate a variety of family arrangements and also relationships to the ground, which is key to their use in flood plains. They come with a choice in roofline, providing opportunities to adapt to neighborhood context and for self-expression. The houses are designed to be either pre-fabricated or stick built, taking into consideration the competing needs for mass production and also the employment of local labor. Both construction methods produce houses that use passive systems of light and ventilation to ensure their environmental performance under all conditions.
See our work on Plum Orchard.
Design Team: Gans & Company: Deborah Gans, Jocelyn Elliott
DARCH: James Dart, Joe Jang, Gary Spanier
Structural Engineer: Avegno Balley and Associates