FLOAT House
Los Angeles, CA / New Orleans, LA

This house is one of 13 affordable, single-family residences proposed for the initial set of designs for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation – an organization developed with the mission to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward, which was destroyed by flooding resulting from Hurricane Katrina. In the spring of 2008, students began collaborating with Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis on the development of their submission, and continued the research previously undertaken by Morphosis for a macro-scale redevelopment of the New Orleans area. Working in two teams, the students used their research of prefabricated housing around the world to develop design proposals for both the chassis and shell components of the house. Construction documents were produced in the summer of 2008, and construction began on site in Los Angeles, CA in November. At the beginning of July 2009, the chassis and all prefabricated elements were put onto flatbed trucks and shipped to New Orleans to be assembled on site in the Lower Ninth Ward. The house was completed in October 2009 and is on track to receive a LEED Platinum rating. It is the first permitted floating house in the United States. | full text

UCLA Student team: Linda Fu, Saji Matuk, Ian Ream, Monica Ream, Erin Smith, Jeanne Legier Stahl, Ryan Whitacre
Morphosis team: Thom Mayne, Brandon Welling, Patrick Dunn-Baker, Andrea Manning, Alex Deutschman

On the web: construction photos | UCLA Newsroom | Morphosis | The Times-Picayune | ArchDaily

 

 

 

(credit: Ryan Whitacre)

(credit: Ryan Whitacre)

 

(credit: Ryan Whitacre)

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles: initial assembly of EPS foam blocks

Los Angeles: embedded electrical and plumbing

Los Angeles: stem wall installation

Los Angeles: final shaping of the chassis

Los Angeles: formwork assembly

Los Angeles: preparation for SABS

Los Angeles: SABS application

Los Angeles: hoisting chassis from site to truck

Los Angeles: hoisting chassis from site to truck

New Orleans: chassis arrival (credit: mOrphosis)

New Orleans: hoisting chassis from truck to site

New Orleans: welding the steel guide posts

New Orleans: SIPS wall and floor installation

New Orleans: SIPS roof installation (credit: mOrphosis)

New Orleans: building wrap, roof membrane (credit: mOrphosis)

New Orleans: siding and soffit installation (credit: mOrphosis)