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LA Architects Making the World Better: Atelier Hitoshi Abe's Hot Links

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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.

The renderings for the architecture firms involved in Brad Pitt's New Orleans housing initiative, Make It Right, are slowing working their way onto the web. A couple of weeks ago we saw Pugh + Scarpa's designs for the Lower Ninth Ward, today we have renderings for Hot Links, duplexes designed by the Los Angeles office of Atelier Hitoshi Abe. The duplexes are extremely flexible - with 45 different plan options to allow owners to customize their home. The duplex contains two narrow, long one-story homes that are linked together, and owners can open, close or share the space between two dwellings.

"Hot Links offers many different options for smart living.

Through the inherit flexibility of its organization, this house can accommodate many arrangements of single family, multiple family, renter and tenant and live/work arrangements.

Two shotgun houses are linked together and able to open, close or share the space between.

In this way, much larger open spaces are created for private bedrooms or public living spaces.

The flexible boundary between the residences can be soft and adapt the changing needs of a family throughout the years.

The array of 45 different plan options gives families the freedom to adapt their living size to their economic situations with little cost.

If an owner desired a single family house, they can choose from a three, four, five or six bedroom house.

If even more space is required, opening up the attic and using it as loft space is also an option.

If an owner’s family required less space, they can split the residence into a duplex, granny-unit or a live-work unit to enable to growth of a small business.

Owners are able to re-create and customize their living situations as needed.

The economic benefits of a flexible structure also translate into ecological benefits of a re-usable or re-purposed structure.

The façade of the building has been developed following a strategy of flexibility as well.

It can absorb different colors, sizes and quantities of siding depending on the availability of materials or economic conditions at a given time.

Weaving different colors into one façade and taking advantage of this adaptability creates a new identity and residential fabric."
· Hot Links Duplex by Atelier Hitoshi Abe for Make it Right [Dezeen]