From Dean Dowd on March 16, 2010 in Green Remodeling
Design may be considered successful if people find it visually appealing. But to design something that serves to alleviate stress, promote a redeveloping culture, and protect from an especially harsh climate? Now that’s a design worth talking about. After the devastation and housing crisis of Hurricane Katrina, the Make It Right Foundation went to work building homes that transformed New Orleans 9th Ward and brought new life to those most affected by the tragedy. Thom Mayne from Morphosis Architects jumped on board the project and designed the FLOAT house, a prototype that could protect from future loss and destruction. Narrow in design, the FLOAT house features rooms aligned end-to-end throughout the 945-square-foot space. Already elevated, this home has the very unique ability to rise up an additional 12 feet during a storm without ruining the integrity of the structure. It is also reinforced with glass and supported by two guideposts that serve as protection in even the most dire of circumstances. Inside and around the home are a series of green features and designs, all of which add to its efficiency and functionality. The roof is equipped with solar panels and a rainwater collection system, and a ground heat pump allows for less air conditioning usage. Low-energy and -water appliances also ensure that electric bills will be very reasonable for occupants. Although designed with New Orleans in mind, if this prototype is deemed successful, then other areas around that world that are affected by hurricanes and floods could find some much-needed relief and peace of mind. Heres to design with a cause in mind.