Frank Gehry, one of 21 recruited architects, completed first duplex for Brad Pitt's Make It RightFoundation in New Orlean's Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by HurricaneKatrina.
Well known for his curved and titanium lines of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain,and the waving construction in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Frank Gehry'ssustainable, affordable housing design is very simple. The foundation said the average price for aduplex is $200,000, and $150,000 for a single-family house.
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But the pink-and-lilac exterior paint was not chosen by Gehry. The house owners chose the colorand design for certain fixtures.
"I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included," Gehrysaid in the press release on July 13. "I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and onethat responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that thehomeowner chose. I could not have done it better."
"This is a historic neighborhood that experienced its initial population boom from African-American servicemen returning from World War II," says Make It Right communications directorTaylor Royle. "And many of the homes here were passed down from generation to generation.After Katrina, families were determined to return to this neighborhood."
"We don't design on spec; we do a lot of listening before we start drawing," Says Royle.