Saji Matuk

Saji Matuk

Orlando, FL, US



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, a team of seven UCLA graduate students began collaborating with 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.

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Status: Built
Location: New Orleans, LA, US