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Rebuildings: Graft in New Orleans
July 22, 2009
Graft New Orleans Camelback Shotgun HouseBy April 2009 a total of 6 houses have been finished as part of the Make It Right Program, the initiative promoted by Brad Pitt for the ricostruction of Lower 9th Ward on New Orleans, devastated by hurricane Katrina on 2005. The owners were able to move back and enjoy the benefits of their new homes. Two of these houses were designed by Graft and chosen by the homeowners, as the process at Make It Right is individual choice of the design. 9 more houses are currently under construction, one of them also designed by Graft, 10 houses are in the permit process.
The houses designed by Graft are inspired by the Cradle to Cradle Philosophy and received LEED Platinum certification. They are prefabricated modular units, constructed off-site.
After the success of the first round of designs for the Lower Ninth Ward a new group of architects was invited to design dwellings. Graft donated another design, this time with a larger building for up to two families. The Round 2 house deploys a similar formal strategy of blending as does Graft’s Round 1 shotgun house. A strong visual connection to the Round 1 house was maintained in order to bring consistency of character to the New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, which will continue to be populated by these types of dwellings. Here, it was taken additionally drawn inspiration from the camelback shotgun typology. Historically, camelbacks emerged as a way for residents to add a partial second story to a residence, whether simply to gain more space for a single-family home or to add a rental unit at the rear of a structure. In these project, it's been utilized the camelback strategy to stack a second efficiency unit above a first floor shotgun house.

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