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LA Architects Making the World Better: Morphosis Architects' FLOAT House

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LA Architects Making the World Better is our irregularly scheduled look at projects around the globe designed by LA-based architects. Want your work showcased? Email us.

Not just better, but also more buoyant. Thom Mayne's LA-based Morphosis firm and seven UCLA grad students designed the FLOAT House, the first floating house permitted in the US, for what else? Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, which works with architects to sustainably redevelop the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The house is a prefab shotgun on a raised base that "integrates all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sustainable systems, and securely floats in case of flooding." The base can support multiple house configurations. Piers hold the house in place vertically, and when waters rise the house goes too (up to twelve feet), with the chassis acting as a raft. Having the house float instead of building it permanently on stilts allows for a porch and easy accessibility for those who need it. It's also pretty cool.
· FLOAT House [Morphopedia]
· In New Orleans, Home Floats To Withstand Floods [NPR]


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