Houses for New Orleans
As a consequence of our work on a sustainable neighborhood plan for Plum Orchard, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (See Planning: Plum Orchard), our local partner, ACORN Housing, commissioned Gans and 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 houses are designed to accommodate a variety of family arrangements and relationships to the ground, which is key to their use in flood plains. They also come with a choice in roofline providing variety and the opportunity 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.