Make It Right

by | 01. Aug 2012

Feature | Residential | Sustainable


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa

Make It Right’s goal is to join the history of the Lower 9th Ward with creative new architectural solutions mindful of environmental and personal safety concerns in order to encourage both the evolution of aesthetic distinctiveness and the conscientious awareness of natural surroundings. 

To that end, MIR assembled a team of fourteen local, national and international world-renowned architecture firms specializing in innovative, ecologically responsible design.

Pugh + Scarpa’s Make it Right (MIR) home seeks to redefine the concept of a home into a flexible, multifunctional and adaptable space addressing the needs of today’s modern family, on a limited budget.

Offering shelter and comfort, the MIR home breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional home by creating public and private “zones” in which private space is deemphasized, in favor of large public living areas. The organization of the space is intended to transform the way people live-away from a reclusive, isolating layout towards a family-oriented, interactive space.

Our goal is to bring green technology to the affordable level.
/ Brad Pitt


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa

The inspiration for the home came from American patchwork quilting traditions, exemplified by the Gee’s Bend abstract geometric style-which is itself influenced by newspaper- and magazine-collages used for insulation on the inside walls of homes in the early rural American South.


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa

Recycled wooden pallets are repositioned here as a patchworked shade screen wrapping the building, an innovative alternative to expensive facade materials that lends its own unique character and texture. The visually expressive pallets impart an imperfect, rough-hewn individuality that we find particularly appealing. We are working with local manufacturers to ensure the viability of this cost-effective and sustainable off-the-shelf product, easily obtainable and readily replaceable.

The pallet wrapping is joined by decoratively perforated cement board on the east and west facades, providing both shade and privacy while allowing views out and dappled, indirect daylight and breezes to enter. All the exterior elements will combine and interweave, emerging as a distinctive pattern-making aesthetic.


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa

Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa


Image courtesy Pugh + Scarpa

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CITYNew Orleans, Louisiana
COUNTRYUSA

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