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So ... What Have Brad Pitt And Frank Gehry Been Up To?
July 16, 2012
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What are an acting superstar and one of the world's best-known architects collaborating on? Answer: they're building homes in New Orleans. Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and Frank Gehry have just unveiled a new home in New Orlean's Lower 9th Ward. Gehry designed the building for Make It Right, which Pitt founded back in 2007.

The exterior of the house - the colour was chosen by the owner

Make It Right has been building homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward since about two years after Hurricane Katrina hit. Pitt founded Make It Right, along with McDonaugh + Partners and Cherokee Gives Back, with a mandate to build 150 new homes in the neighbourhood. The latest home to be unveiled, the 86th of the 150 planned homes, was designed by Canadian-born architect Gehry.

The new building may not be what people have come to expect from Frank Gehry - he's best known for large-scale, bold works of sweeping architecture like the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, while the Make It Right house is a duplex covered in clapboard with a tin roof. But while it may look simple, a lot of thought went into the design. In a statement released by Make It Right, Gehry says "I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular, and climate of New Orleans".

The roofdecks, with 360-degree views

The two units in the home are almost mirror images of one another, with the owner's unit slightly larger than the renter's (Linda Santi, the resident who bought the home, plans to rent the second unit to her daughter). The total interior floorspace is 1,780 square feet. In keeping with the ideals of the project, the home has been built as efficiently and greenly as possible, and it sold for around $200,000. Not a bad price for a home designed by one of the world's most famous architects.

Like Gehry, one of the earliest supporters of the Make It Right project is also Canadian. Mike Holmes, TV host and handyman, built the first home in the Make It Right Foundation neighbourhood, which was designed by GRAFT architecture. You can see that home on Mike's website right here.

And check out a few more shots of the Gehry house below:




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